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PICRC envisions: People empowered with science and knowledge for effective marine conservation and management. The Mission of PICRC is: To guide efforts in coral reef stewardship through research and its applications for the people of Palau, Micronesia, and the world.

PICRC intern awarded scholarship to study Adaptation and Resilience to Climate Change

As a child Ms. Persis Dilbudch Omelau spent many nights on the ocean fishing with her father. It was through the wisdom her father shared on these nights that Ms. Omelau recognized the vulnerability of Palau’s oceans. Her aspirations to conserve and protect Palau’s valuable resources stemmed from these early memories.

After graduating from Mindszenty High School in 2010, Ms. Omelau attended Palau Community College where she received her Associate of Science degree in Environmental Marine Science. She graduated from the University of Alaska Fairbanks with a Bachelor of Science in Fisheries in 2016. During the summers of 2015 and 2016 Ms. Omelau interned with the Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC). It was through her internship with PICRC that Ms. Omelau first learned about the Scholarships offered by the Government of Malta. read more

New JICA Volunteer brings marketing and graphic design expertise to PICRC

On October 9th, 2017 Ms. Hiromi Ito joined the Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC), as a volunteer from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to share her expertise in Graphic Design with the PICRC team. For eight months she will be assisting the Center in the development of  marketing materials for the aquarium and gift shop, creative displays for exhibits,  and fundraising efforts.  In addition, Ms. Ito will work directly with the PICRC staff  on marketing strategies and graphic design programs. read more

PICRC and P-CoRIE received high marks on evaluation

On September 27th, Japan International Collaboration Agency (JICA) and local experts evaluated Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC) and its partners on their joint project known as the Palau Coral Reef and Island Ecosystem (P-CoRIE) Project. This five year project, now in its final year, received high marks from the evaluation team.

The P-CoRIE Project was launched in 2013 to provide science based recommendations to enhance the sustainability of coral reef and island ecosystems under the impacts from climate change. The project was a collaboration between PICRC, the University of Ryukyus (UoR) and Palau Community College (PCC). It was founded under the umbrella of the Science and Technology Research partnership for Sustainable Development (SATREPS) funded by Japan International Collaboration Agency (JICA) and Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST). read more

Significant research reported at PICRC during the JCC5

On September 28, 2017, Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC) and the Palau Coral Reef and Island Ecosystem (P-CoRIE) Project held the 5th and last Joint Coordinating Committee (JCC5) Meeting. The P-CoRIE project is a collaborative project among PICRC, Palau Community College and the University of Ryukyus to produce scientific research to guide policy making regarding the sustainability of coral reef and island ecosystems. During the JCC5, scientists shared results from the past five years of research. read more

Past PICRC intern, Kmedrang Cameron Sengebau, joins PICRC as the new Aquarist

Mr. Kmedrang Cameron Sengebau has been hired by Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC) as the new Aquarist. In this position Mr. Sengebau will assist with the maintenance of  all of the live exhibit tanks and general animal husbandry. Other responsibilities involve collecting aquarium organisms, and providing guided tours to school groups and other visitors.

In 2013, Mr. Sengebau graduated from Maris Stella School. He attended Xavier High School in Chuuk, FSM and graduated in 2017. Currently, Mr. Sengebau is enrolled at Palau Community College (PCC) where he is studying Liberal Arts. Mr. Sengebau eventually plans to transfer to a four year college where he either wants to major in Marine Science or Architecture. He hopes to take this time to continue gaining experience that will help narrow down his educational interests and career goals. read more