|President Tommy Remengesau Jr. and Shark Stanley|
10 year old Nick contacted me again recently looking for somewhere to help, so I sent him some articles and information on Palau's effort to create a marine reserve throughout their entire EEZ. Nick thought that was cool, so he wrote a letter. But he didn't stop there; he recruited about 1000 friends and family members to sign on to his letter.
And it just so happens that the President of Palau was in New York this week, so after making a few phone calls, we arranged a meet and great. I went as the official photographer. Since this is my blog, the photo is of me! If you want to read more about Nick's story, check out Shark Defenders. I also posted photos to Facebook.
|I'm not as big a deal as Shark Stanley|
Funny story. The president is such a humble, regular guy. After our little presentation of the signatures by Nick to the president, the two ambassadors and the Cabinet members turned away from the president to talk among each other and to the other visitors. The president ended up sitting in the middle of this big group of people -- except everyone's back was to him. Nobody was paying him attention! This was my big chance to talk to him. I told him I was from Saipan and asked him about the recent bust of an illegal Taiwanese fishing vessel. Turns out the vessel had 450 sharks on board. Cool stuff!
|Danielle, Nick, and me in front of the United Nations|