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Why We Love Palau



Written by Marissa McBride

The Republic of Palau is an up and coming destination for divers, tourists and adventurers. With turquoise waters and incredible dive sites, Palau is an island country located in the western Pacific Ocean. This tropical destination has caught our attention as a marine conservation superstar – here’s why!

1. For many years, the Republic of Palau has been dedicated to the conservation of seven different species of sea turtles, nearly all of which are endangered.

2. In 2009 Palau created the world’s first shark sanctuary.

3. Known as the “Champion for the Environment,” President Thomas Remengesau Jr. created Palau’s first no-take area in 2015, which covers approximately 193,000 square miles and encompasses 80% of Palau’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ). Following a transition period of five years, the marine sanctuary is expected to be in place by 2020.

4. In 2016, they were the second country in the world to ratify the Paris Climate Agreement.

5. Also in 2016, Palau produced a five-year plan for the EEZ no-take area, which called for “robust monitoring and control measures,” which protects marine life from harmful oil spills and illegal fishing.

The Republic of Palau recognizes the importance of marine biodiversity and marine protected areas. Marine Conservation Institute applauds Palau for the immense efforts towards protecting the ocean’s most important places.

If you’d like to learn more about Palau or any other marine protected area, check out, our interactive database for MPAs!

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Jeff chats to… Louis Hagger, second place winner of the See You at the Sea Festival Film Competition (Watch Video)



In this exclusive Zoom interview, Jeff Goodman, Scubaverse Editor-at-large, chats to Louis Hagger, second place winner of the See You at the Sea Festival Film Competition.The See you at the Sea Festival was an online film festival created by young people, for young people.

Louis’ film – Uncovering Cornwall’s Little Known Oceans – can be seen here:

Third in a series of six videos about the competition. Watch the first video HERE with Jenn Sandiford – Youth Engagement Officer with the Your Shore Beach Rangers Project and the Cornwall Wildlife Trust – to find out more about the Competition. Each day this week we will be sharing one video in which Jeff talks with the young contestants about their films and what inspired them.

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DAN launches 2021 webinar series



Divers Alert Network (DAN) has launched a new series of live monthly webinars on its YouTube channel, DAN TV.

Throughout 2021, experts from DAN’s Research, Risk Mitigation, and Medical Services teams will give presentations on topics relevant to divers, dive pros and dive business owners as we look beyond the COVID-19 pandemic and resume diving and traveling.

The 2021 series will begin this Thursday, January 21, at 7:00 p.m. EST, with a webinar by DAN Director of Risk Mitigation Francois Burman titled Emergency Planning: Who Is Responsible for Your Safety? The presentation will cover various mishaps that can occur during diving and travel as well as tips for anticipating, preparing for and successfully managing them.

Future webinars in the series will cover topics including fill station safety, ear barotrauma, DAN research updates, the latest information about COVID-19 and diving, and more. Attendees can look forward to lively 30- to 45-minute presentations followed by questions and discussion.

The webinars will be held on the third Thursday of each month. Keep an eye on the Events page of

For more information about upcoming webinars follow DAN on: 

Recorded presentations will remain on DAN’s YouTube Channel.

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