"Palau Declares South Pacific Sanctuary for Whales, Dolphins"

"NAGOYA, Aichi, Japan -- The South Pacific island nation of Palau has declared all the waters within its Exclusive Economic Zone to be a marine mammal sanctuary for the protection of whales, dolphins, and dugongs.

Harry Fritz, Palau's minister of the environment, natural resources and tourism, announced the new 600,000 square kilometer (231,660 square mile) sanctuary on behalf of President Johnson Toribiong at a news conference Saturday during Oceans Day at the Convention on Biological Diversity meeting in Nagoya."

Environment News Service had the story October 25, 2010.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010