Due to Palau's strong market for snorkel and scuba ecotourism, a single live reef shark is worth roughly US$1.9 million over its lifetime (compared with a value of US$108 for a dead shark). The designation of Palau's shark sanctuary fueled a global campaign, and today 10 other countries have followed suit, creating more than 4.9 million square miles of shark sanctuary.
It's not an exaggeration to say that we depend upon the ocean for our very existence. Covering almost three-quarters of the planet, the mighty ocean is a natural resource like no other. Our fate is inextricably tied to the ocean's fate and the ocean is in trouble. Each of us needs to take action to keep the ocean healthy.
After 15 years of hard work and planning, we are thrilled to celebrate a major victory at Biscayne National Park. The National Park Service recently announced plans to create a no-fishing marine reserve that will protect about a third of the park's reefs, which are in desperate need of recovery and stronger protections.