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Australia News Network. Feb. 6, 2014

Palau's President Tommy Remengesau Jr. has declared the Pacific nation will become a marine sanctuary, where no commercial fishing will take place.

Mr Remengesau has told a UN oceans conference Palau's 200 nautical mile Exclusive Economic Zone will be a "100 per cent marine sanctuary", and commercial operations will be banned within the Pacific nation's territorial waters.

"We have no choice – the ocean is our way of life," he said.

"It's our livelihood, it's our culture, it's our economy – I always say the economy is our environment and the environment is our economy."