President Johnson Toribiong urges more Nations example of Palau to follow said the Friday, September 25, 2009 his Excellency Johnson Toribiong, President of the Republic of Palau, a small island nation in the Pacific Ocean, during a session of the General Assembly of the United Nations in New York, the waters of the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) of Palau with an area of 620,000 square kilometers to the world’s first shark protection zone officially recognised. President Toribiong called for a ban of the practice of finning of shark fins and called on other Nations to follow the example of Palau. President Toribiong Palau has provided by his action to the forefront of global efforts to protect of the sharks. Dermot Keane, founder of the Palau shark sanctuary and staunch protectors of the shark is delighted: this is a great day for Palau and the global initiatives to save sharks before their extermination! President Toribiong of the Palau shark sanctuary pays tribute for his international leadership role in terms of Shark protection, he has taken this initiative.” Two changes in the law or designs to the hearing in Parliament were introduced in March and April 2009 by newly elected senators, which should soften the existing strong shark protections in Palau and reduce the taxes on the fishing. These projects had caused protests worldwide. More information under: and sharksanctuary.blogspot.com editorial Note: the area beyond the territorial sea is called exclusive economic zone (EEZ) under article 55 of the United Nations Convention of law of the sea to an extension of 200 nautical miles from the baseline (also 200-mile zone), in which the adjacent coastal State limited sovereign rights and jurisdiction can perceive. About Palau shark sanctuary of the Palau shark sanctuary was founded in 2001, to stop the impending extinction of sharks in the waters of Palau shark fishing and the removal of shark fins. In May 2003, the Palau shark sanctuary was Support for the incumbent President, Tommy E. Remengesau Jr., who signed in September 2003, one of the world’s harshest laws against the removal of shark fins. One of the goals of the Palau shark sanctuary is the designation of the EEZ of Palau as a protection zone for sharks.