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30 March, 2015



30 March, 2015


PICRC announces the release of a new report on Palau’s coastal marine environment

Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC) is pleased to announce the release of two new reports on the coastal marine environment of Palau.  The first report, entitled, Coastal Marine Environment Survey, Palau, covers the seafloor bathymetry, primary producers, heavy metals and habitat mapping.  The second report is an Atlas that presents data of high-resolution multi-beam echo sounding data of Malakal, Lighthouse, Ngel Channel and Lighthouse Basin.

These two reports were produced by Korea Institute of Ocean Science and Technology (KIOST), whose researchers were based at PICRC in 2012 while conducting their studies in Palau.  The data sets in the report are useful and essential for understanding of past events, interpretation of current situation and prediction and preparation for future challenges.

These reports are available at research library at PICRC for anyone who is interested to learn more about the marine environment.  Digital copies are available for distribution.  One of PICRC’s roles is to provide support and platform for important research on Palau’s marine environment to be conducted and to ensure that those results are available for the people of Palau.  The release of these reports demonstrates PICRC’s commitment in fulfilling their role in research and information dissemination.

For more information on these reports and any other PICRC reports, please visit the PICRC library or contact Ms. Ines Kintoki at 488-6950 or e-mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


24 March 2015



PICRC launches a new study to assess impacts of MPAs on livelihoods

Research conducted by Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC) have shown that marine protected areas (MPAs) are effective, with higher numbers and bigger sizes of fishes within the MPAs compared to adjacent, non-MPA sites.  The positive impact of protection on resources is very clear.  What is not clear is how effective have MPAs been in improving the livelihood of local communities living near the MPAs?

To examine how MPAs impact livelihoods and the extent of the impact, PICRC will be conducting socio-economic study from late April until the end of June.  The study will be conducted in the six states that have MPAs that are part of Protected Area Network (PAN). These six states are Kayangel, Ngaraard, Ngiwal, Ngchesar, Airai and Peleliu.

To prepare for the study, on March 18-19, PICRC researcher Shirley Koshiba and Dr. Karen McNamara from the University of Queensland in Australia held a 2 day training workshop with community members who will help PICRC conduct the surveys. This training workshop was used to train the surveyors on how to conduct socio-economic surveys as well as gather the feedback on the questionnaire that will be used for the survey.

Socio-economic studies are important and necessary to guide management of MPAs.  Because of importance of the social aspect of MPAs, PICRC is dedicated to conducting socio-economic studies, in addition to their ecological studies.

This socio-economic study being conducted by PICRC was made possible with support by The GEF Small Grants Programme (GEF SGP), implemented by UNDP and NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program.


23 March, 2015



Sun’s Flower Shop Donates to PICRC’s Annual Arts & Tides Calendar

Suns's Flower Shop donated a check of $700 to Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC) on Monday, March 20, 2015, becoming the first company to make monetary contribution to support next year's Arts and Tides Calendar.

PICRC's Annual Arts and Tides Calendar is very popular with students and the community members. Last year, 962 students participated in the 2015 Arts and Tides Calendar Contest.  All 6 high schools in Palau and 13 out of 18 elementary schools participated in the art contest. The high number of students and schools participating in making the artwork for the calendar demonstrates the popularity of the Arts and Tides Calendar. The Arts & Tides Calendar is an important source of information for the community as it contains Palau's tidal information, moon phases, closed and open fish seasons, and information about regulated marine species.

The theme for 2016 Arts and Tides Calendar is Importance of Grouper Spawning Areas in Palaudue to the importance of spawning aggregations in maintaining fish populations. PICRC chose the theme for the 2016 Calendar to raise awareness about the need to effectively protect fish aggregations in Palau for current and future generations.

Donation made by Sun’s Flower Shop will help cover the cost of preparation, production and prizes for the winners. PICRC is extremely grateful for the donation and is seeking additional donations from local businesses, agencies and individuals. For more information on the 2016 Arts and Tides Calendar and sponsorship, please contact Ines Kintoki at 488-6950 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .