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Thursday, June 25, 2015

25/06/2015: A tiny island nation is burning illegal fishing boats to prove a point

http://www.takepart.com/article/2015/06/16/tiny-island-nation-burning-illegal-fishing-boats-prove-point
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Palau, an island nation in the western Pacific, has decided to take protecting its marine resources into its own hands in fiery fashion, TakePart reports.

Palau’s president recently ordered its one police boat to tow four Vietnamese blue-hulled fishing boats out to sea and set them on fire.

The boats were found fishing in the nation’s waters, which were recently closed to all commercial fishing. Palau’s move in March 2014 to protect 230,000 square miles of ocean created one the world’s largest marine sanctuaries.

“We hope to send a very clear message to poachers, who are raping our marine environment,” Palau President Tommy E Remengesau Jr. said in a statement.


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