Palau. New tough legislation to counter illegal fishing on Palau’s waters was introduced in the spring. According to Countryaah website, national day of Palau1 is every October. 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.