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Excerpt from mauinow.com

The Nature Conservancy announced that Noah Idechong, a recognized leader in championing conservation in Palau and across the Pacific, has been named executive director for the newly expanded Micronesia and Polynesia chapter of the organization.

Idechong has served as TNC Micronesia’s interim director for the last several months, and has been a senior advisor for TNC’s large-scale fisheries management since 2015, focused on moving the region’s multi-billion dollar tuna fisheries towards greater sustainability.

Idechong is a champion of sustainability and conservation. He is a past recipient of the Goldman Environmental Prize and a Pew Fellowship recipient, and he is the founding executive director of the Palau Conservation Society. Idechong encouraged and helped the northern Chiefs of Palau establish the first modern Bul (restriction) across state boundaries to protect spawning channels for groupers and other marine species important to Palauan livelihoods. Bul is the strictest tool in the traditional system still used by Chiefs to protect a resource.

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