Palau. New tough legislation to counter illegal fishing
on Palau's waters was introduced in the spring. According to
Countryaah website, foreign
fishing vessels that violate the law are liable to a fine of
up to one million dollars.
A local airline, Palau Rock Island Air, was granted
permission to begin operations in the fall. The first
international flights were expected to start in early 2003.
Until then, traffic was handled with a plane.