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15 April, 2015


IP&E Donates $11,000 to PICRC

On April 9, 2015, Mr. Noah Idechong, Chairman of Board of Directors of Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC), along with the rest of PICRC board members, received $11,000.00 donation from IP&E.  Delegate Frank Kyota, the Area Manager of IP&E Palau Incorporated, presented the donation to the Board during their quarterly board meeting at PICRC.   Mr. Idechong, on behalf of the Board of Directors, thanked Delegate Kyota and IP&E for their generous donation.  He also expressed his hope that IP&E would continue to be a strong partner and supporter of PICRC, especially for the 15th Anniversary Fundraising next year. The donation was made as part of the 14th Anniversary fundraising, bringing the total raised from that event to over one hundred thousand dollars.

Over the last 14 years, IP&E has been one of the closest partner and most consistent supporter of PICRC. With donations by IP&E, PICRC has been able to conduct coral reef research and monitoring as well as educational activities to schools in Palau. PICRC is very thankful for IP&E’s commitment and support over the years.  The donation this year, along with all the funds that were raised during the 14th Anniversary Fundraising, will be used for the construction of a new facility at PICRC.  The new building once completed, will bring in additional rental revenue to PICRC, therefore, improving its financial stability.

PICRC’s mission is to guide efforts supporting coral reef stewardship through research and its application for the people of Palau, Micronesia and the world. This generous contribution from IP&E will help ensure PICRC’s research continues to inform conservation work in Palau and the region.


11 April, 2015



Republic of China donates to PICRC’s Arts and Tides Calendar

On April 7, 2015, His Excellency Harry Ho-Jen Tseng, Ambassador of The Republic of China to Palau, donated $1,000 to Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC).  The donation will be used to support the Annual Arts and Tides Calendar.  Ambassador Tseng presented the check to PICRC’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Yimnang Golbuu, the Head of Research and Aquarium Department, Ms. Geraldine Rengiil, and the Head of Administration and Engineering Department, Ms. Mingrang Kloulechad.

Dr. Golbuu thanked Ambassador Tseng for ROC’s monetary contribution to 2016 Arts and Tides Calendar.  Donations such as these make it possible for PICRC to produce the widely popular Arts and Tides Calendar.  Last year, 962 students participated in the Arts and Tides Calendar contest for 2015, with entries from all the six high schools in Palau and 13 out of the 18 elementary schools.  The number of students and schools programs participating in the Arts and Tides Calendar preparation demonstrates the popularity of the Arts and Tides Calendar.

Since it was Ambassador Tseng first visit to the Palau Aquarium, he also took a tour around the aquarium. Ambassador Tseng enjoyed the guided tour around the outdoor and indoor exhibits exploring Palau’s different marine ecosystems along with Dr. Golbuu’s briefing of PICRC’s research work and educational activities. ROC has consistently been a supporter and donor of the Annual Arts and Tides Calendar. PICRC is extremely grateful for ROC’s generous donation every year.


03 April, 2015



Emperor and Empress of Japan to visit Palau Aquarium during their historic trip to Palau

Japan’s imperial couple, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko, will be visiting the Palau Aquarium at the Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC) during their remarkable 2-days visit to Palau.  According to the CEO of PICRC, Dr. Yimnang Golbuu, “All of us at PICRC are extremely grateful and honored for the privilege of welcoming Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko to the Palau Aquarium on this momentous occasion. As we all know, Palau provides many great attractions, so we are proud to have been selected as one of the only few sites that the imperial couple will visit during their trip to Palau.”

His Imperial Majesty, Emperor Akihito, is an established and famous fish scientist specializing in the study of goby classification.  His track record includes his discovery of eight new species and 65 species that he named and described.  Empress Michiko also contributed to naming some of the newly discovered species, including Nemateleotris decora (Elegant firefish) and Cryptocentrus cinctus (Yellow prawn-goby).  In honor of this historic visit by Japan’s imperial couple, Palau Aquarium have set up a special exhibit dedicated to gobies.

Gobies are fishes of the family Gobiidae, one of the largest fish families with more than 2,000 species. They are mostly less than 4 inches long, with some species being less than half of an inch, effectively making them among the smallest vertebrates in the world.  There are some large gobies, such as Northern mud gudgeon, which can reach 1 foot in length, but this is exceptional.  Interestingly enough, the Northern mud Gudgeon is found in Palau and is locally known as modechel and can be found in brackish areas near the mangroves.

The special display at Palau Aquarium includes live gobies that were collected from different habitats around Palau. Freshwater Gobies were collected from up-stream and mid-stream section of rivers, as well as around brackish water close to mangrove areas. Saltwater gobies were collected from coral reefs and deep water habitats from shallow depths to over hundred feet deep. Species to be highlighted include Stiphodon pelewensis or the Palauan Rifle Goby, Gobiodon acicularis, commonly known as needlespine coral goby, both of which were first described in Palau.  This is the first time for Palau Aquarium to create habitat-based displays dedicated to gobies and also the first time Palau Aquarium will display freshwater fish.

The special goby exhibit will be displayed at the Palau Aquarium for several months after the visit by the imperial couple, to allow other visitors a chance to see the exhibit.  Palau Aquarium, under the Research and Aquarium Department at PICRC, is dedicated to showcasing and educating the public about the uniqueness of Palau’s marine environment and highlighting the need to protect it.


30 March, 2015