President Tommy Remengesau, Jr. opened the stakeholders' dialogue on oceans.

A one-day conference was held at the Ngarachamayong Cultural Center yesterday, August 29, to discuss the status of the oceans and its resources and the initiatives taken to protect them.

The dialogue which was themed “Allow the Ocean to Sustain Us” was attended by personnel from different organizations that are involved in ocean and environment conservation.

President Tommy Remengesau, Jr., who opened the program with a speech, tout’s Palau’s policies such as the Palau National Marine Sanctuary (PNMS), the Protected Areas Network, and the state-managed protected areas that were designed to reduce human activities’ impact to the ocean.

“As we continue our policies to protect our ocean, we need to continually engage and seek ideas and various viewpoints to help with our implementation,” Remengesau said.

Remengesau said that since Palau relies heavily on its ocean resources, it makes the people of the country vulnerable to the negative changes affecting it.

“The theme for this dialogue reminds us that we do not manage our ocean – we manage our actions. We know that the ocean will do well if we left it alone. It is our actions that we need to work on managing better so that we can allow the ocean to continue to sustain us today and into the future,” Remengesau added. (Rhealyn C. Pojas)