By: L.N. Reklai

March 30, 2017 (Koror, Palau) Executive Order 395 signed by President Remengesau on Wednesday streamlined Palau National Marine Sanctuary Office and PNMS Executive Committee by reducing from 15 members to 7 members in line with 7 focus areas.

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Keobel Sakuma, Executive Director for PNMS, reports that PNMS Executive Committee has developed a strategic plan and an implementation mechanism for meeting mandates of the PNMS.

The seven (7) focus areas identified under the strategic plan include Education & Awareness, Surveillance and Enforcement, Domestic Fisheries, Science and Monitoring, Sustainable Financing and Tourism & Marketing.

Stream-lining the structure of the management of PNMS will ensure efficient implementation the strategic plan and the PNMS objectives according to Mr. Sakuma. [/restrict]