The World's First National Marine Sanctuary


Under the leadership of President Tommy Remengesau Jr., Palau is poised to make history by establishing the world’s first Nation-wide Marine Sanctuary – designating its entire ocean territory as a regenerative zone for sharks, whales, tuna, and countless other precious species.

This is a bold vision to reverse the oceans’ degradation from industrial fishing and to protect one of the last great places on Earth, and we know it can work. Palau declared the world’s first shark sanctuary in 2009. Today, 10 countries have followed Palau's lead, creating 4.9 million square miles of shark sanctuary. Others have followed suit with similarly important shark protections. Palau showed that it was possible. Its small spark ignited massive global action.

As you can see from the news reports, the idea of a National Marine Sanctuary is even more powerful.

The time to act is now. 

  • 90 percent of the world’s large fish stocks are gone! 

  • 80 percent of global fish stocks are now fully or overexploited

  • Up to 40 percent of fish caught today are caught by accident and wasted! Vulnerable sharks, dolphins, whales and sea turtles are killed in the process.

Palau Oceans was established to support programs in Palau that will help make the National Marine Sanctuary a reality and pave the way to restoring healthy oceans globally.

Palau's President H.E. Tommy Remengesau Jr. addressing the 'Our Oceans' conference, hosted by US Secretary of State John Kerry. 

Palau's President H.E. Tommy Remengesau Jr. addressing the 'Our Oceans' conference, hosted by US Secretary of State John Kerry. 

Keynote address by Palau's President Tommy Remengesau Jr. to the United Nations conference on 'Healthy Oceans and Seas' announcing plans for Palau's National Marine Sanctuary (4 Feb 2014)