World's first shark sanctuary to be created in Pacific

The tiny Pacific nation of Palau is creating the world’s first shark sanctuary.

The marine area earmarked for the sanctuary is a biological hotspot to protect great hammerheads, leopard sharks, oceanic whitetip sharks and more than 130 other species fighting extinction in the Pacific Ocean.

But with only one boat to patrol 240,000 square miles of Palau’s newly protected waters – including its exclusive economic zone, or EEZ, that extends 200 miles from its coastline – enforcement of the new measure could be like swimming against the tide.

Palau’s president, who is to announce the news to the United Nations General Assembly today, acknowledges the difficulty of patrolling ocean waters nearly the size of Texas or France with a single boat.

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