Only two years ago, the island nation of Palau designated 193,000 sq miles of ocean as protected, forbidding fishing and mining. The move was controversial, with opponents saying it would decimate the fishing industry and impoverish the country.
Early evidence shows the opposite. The fishing industry is healthier, thanks to conservation. Nature is amazing in how it can repair and heal itself, if we give it the space.
An excerpt from National Geographic:
“Protected areas allow Palau’s fish to produce more offspring, which in turn produces a number of benefits for local fishers. The study suggests that when biomass increases inside protected areas, the resulting spillover of adult fish populations into non-protected waters leads to more abundant catches for local fisheries.”photo: ocean photo taken by me, not in Palau