Palau. In June, Palau was reported to follow Indonesia's
example and began to fire foreign ships caught fishing
illegally in the country's waters. According to
COUNTRYAAH, several Vietnamese
fishing vessels had then been captured and burned. The
captains were detained while the crews were sent home.
Palau's President Tommy Remengesau hoped that the measures
would send a clear signal to the outside world that the
country does not tolerate predatory fishing in its
In September, formal diplomatic relations were
established between Palau and Cuba. This was done at a
ceremony with both countries' presidents present at a UN
meeting in New York.
In October, it was announced that the government approved
the creation of a marine nature reserve that will occupy 80%
of the country's offshore territory, which corresponds to an
area almost as large as Sweden's land area. The area will be
protected from fishing and oil drilling. President
Remengesau commented on the decision by stating that even
small island nations can have a great influence over what
happens with the world oceans.