About Us

The Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC) is Palau’s leading research and aquarium institution with a mission to guide efforts supporting coral reef stewardship through research and its applications for the people of Palau, Micronesia, and the world. Our vision is people empowered with science and knowledge for effective marine conservation and management. Our work are locally and internationally relevant and contribute to better informed decision-making regarding use, management and conservation of marine resources.

Our facilities include the Palau Aquarium, an interpretive aquarium that is a unique attraction to both visitors and locals. Our conference rooms with state of the art equipment and comfortable and spacious rooms are excellent venues for meetings, workshops and conferences. We also support visiting researchers by providing laboratory space, living accommodations and transportation for field work.

 

Our Mission

The center’s mission is to guide efforts suppporting coral reef stewardship through research and its applications for the people of Palau, Micronesia, and the world.

Towards that end, the Palau International Coral Reef Center, a non-profit organization, conducts research that enhances knowledge and conservation of coral reef systems and their associated marine environments. The center educates the public about the ecological, economic and cultural importance of coral reefs; provides facilities for research, professional training, workshops, and conferences on marine research and management; and house a quality visitor attraction, the Palau Aquarium, where both residents and visitors to Palau can expand their knowledge of the country’s diverse and unique ecosystems. In addition, the center is collaborating and exchanging information with governments, institutions, organizations, research groups and traditional leaders. By conducting these activities, the Palau International Coral Reef Center is making a major contribution to the efforts of Palau, Micronesia and beyond to protect and conserve marine biodiversity and resources.