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Palau welcomes Japanese pledge for marine sanctuary patrol boat

The tiny Pacific nation of Palau, which has a population of just 18,000, is leading the world on maritime conservationThe tiny Pacific nation of Palau has welcomed a pledge from Japanese charities to supply a large patrol boat to help stamp out illegal fishing. Palau last year created a vast marine sanctuary the size of Spain but has only one long-range patrol boat to enforce the 500,000 square kilometre (193,000 square mile) no-fishing zone. President Tommy Remengesau said two Japanese non-government organisations — Nippon Foundation and the Sasakawa Peace Foundation — had agreed to help out.

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