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18 April, 2014

 

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PICRC and partners meet with Rubekul Belau (Palau Traditional Leaders) to share results of research on fisheries

On Wednesday, April 16, 2014, Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC) CEO Dr. Yimnang Golbuu, Mr. Steven Victor from The Nature Conservancy (TNC) together with Minister Umiich Sengebau from the Ministry of Natural Resources, Environment and Tourism (MNRET) met with the members of the Rubekul Belau at PICRC Kedarm Conference. At the meeting, Mr. Victor, Dr. Golbuu and Minister Sengebau discussed with the traditional leaders the results of some of the research work that is being done on fisheries.  Minister Sengebau also provided an overview of the work the Ministry of Natural Resources, Environment and Tourism to support fisheries management in Palau.   

PICRC, Bureau of Marine Resources (BMR), University of Hawaii and TNC have recently completed several research studies that examined several fish stocks including maml and kamedukl.  The results shows that while maml and kamedukl have increased in number, they are still recovering from the previous exploitation.  The studies looking at size of first reproduction shows that most fish are being harvested before they reach the size needed for reproduction, therefore leading to decreased number of fish in our waters.

Conducting this meeting with the Rubekul Belau and other partners fulfills PICRC’s efforts in sharing and collaborating with partners to provide necessary science to support effective management and sustainable use of coastal resources and conservation. PICRC’s mission is to be an international Center of Excellence to support conservation and management for the perpetuation of marine and associated environments through research and education that is significant to Palau and relevant to the world.

 

 

16 April, 2014

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PICRC presents results of socio-economic surveys conducted in Ngardmau community

On March 27, 2014, Researcher Shirley Koshiba and several staff from the Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC) presented results of socio-economic surveys that were conducted in Ngardmau community. The presentation took place at the Ngardmau State office, where members of the community, including relevant managers, state leaders and stakeholders attended the meeting. The focus of this community meeting was to inform community members, and relevant stakeholders, the results of socio-economic surveys that took place in Ngardmau community.

The surveys gauged perceptions of Ngardmau community members regarding their protected areas, as well as the perceived effect of protected areas on the livelihoods of Ngardmau community members. The surveys also obtained information about the level of support Ngardmau community has towards different conservation initiatives, such as the Palau Protected Areas Network and the Micronesia Challenge. This was also a pilot study to test indicators of human well-being in Palau, more specifically a testing of the Micronesia Challenge socio-economic indicators. Another presentation of the same results was presented to the Ongedechuul System of Conservation Areas (OSCA) on April 8, 2014 at the PICRC Kedarm conference room. Members of OSCA were present to hear the results of the surveys, and to also state any questions or comments they had regarding the socio-economic study in their village. The data collected from these surveys will be used by the leadership of Ngardmau state, relevant stakeholders and community members for the management of Ngardmau’s protected areas. Socio-economic surveys are necessary as they provide a basis for collecting information regarding the social, economic, political and cultural characteristics of individuals and communities. Conducting a socio-economic survey is a way for Ngardmau resource managers, state leadership and people to identify potential conservation problems and prioritize management decisions.

Conducting this community meeting fulfills PICRC’s efforts in collaborating with partners and other organizations to provide necessary science to support effective management and sustainable use of coastal resources and conservation. PICRC’s mission is to be an international Center of Excellence to support conservation and management for the perpetuation of marine and associated environments through research and education that is significant to Palau and relevant to the world.

 

 

07 April, 2014

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04 April, 2014

 

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Sacha completes Mural at PICRC

Sacha Sukasam arrived in Palau on January 2014, and for the past three months has been working on a mural at the Palau Aquarium located at Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC). As a product of a combination between Palauan and Western art, the mural is painted using the bai motif as a storyboard for educational purposes aimed to promote and teach aquarium goers of different types of organisms found in Palau. One of the first things that catch the viewers’ eyes is the prominent moon on a blue background eluding the Palauan flag positioned at the top center of the mural.  The beloved Rock Islands acted as gateways into the ocean where viewers are met with creatures of the deep. The marine animals featured in the emerald water are those that attracted tourists from all over the world to Palau, namely silver tip shark, manta ray, golden jellyfish and nautilus. As an artist, Sacha shows his appreciation and raise awareness of the coral reef through his mural.

According to Sacha, “First and foremost, the mural is to inspire others to explore their creative sides. It motivates our children to express themselves creatively as seen on the recently concluded PICRC Annual Arts and Tides Calendar contest for 1st to 12th grades in Palau where students create art on a marine related theme for educational and artistic purpose.”  Mr. Sukasam has been invited to be a guest judge for the Arts and Tides 2015 Contest and would like to congratulate all participating students. Sacha’s skills have enabled him to contribute much to PICRC’s Aquarium and Outreach Programs in support of the Research and Aquarium Department.  Stop by the Palau Aquarium to have a look at the masterpiece.

For more information about the PICRC’s Research and Aquarium Department, visit www.picrc.org or “Like” PICRC on Facebook. PICRC envisions people empowered with science and knowledge for effective marine conservation and management.

 
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