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After the bumphead parrotfish population around the Pacific island nation of Palau declined significantly due to overfishing, the government placed a moratorium to help the endangered species recover. The fish is highly prized by many different groups. Those who support the parrotfish’s traditional cultural significance are now struggling to make themselves heard above the rising calls of restaurant owners for this edible fish and the increasing numbers of scuba divers willing to pay for unspoiled nature. But a combination of traditional knowledge and evidence-based policy may help save this valuable resource.

Filmed, edited and produced by Richard Brooks.
Interviews co-ordinated by Bernadette Carreon.

This piece has been produced by SciDev.Net's South-East Asia & Pacific desk.