30 Jan 2015

Palau joins Project Eyes on the Seas

5:18 pm on 30 January 2015

Palau has joined the international ocean monitoring collective known as Project Eyes on the Seas.

The Marianas Variety reports that Project Eyes on the Seas is a technology system designed to help monitor, detect and respond to suspected illegal fishing activity.

This system was developed by Satellite Applications Catapult, a British company established through a UK government initiative and the Pew Charitable Trusts, a US NGO.

Palau President Tommy Remengesau has asked Pew to assist with an enforcement plan for the Palau National Marine Sanctuary.

Project Eyes on the Seas and its marine sanctuary Virtual Watch Room will reportedly be available to assist with protection of the sanctuary.

Mr Remengesau says Palau is putting illegal fishing vessels on notice.

He says Palau will be working with its security partners in the US, Australia and Japan as well as organisations like Pew to develop a surveillance and enforcement system that ensures bad actors cannot run or hide in Palau's waters.