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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 to award the first “President Tommy E. Remengesau Jr. Environmental Award” during its 17th Anniversary Fundraising Dinner Gala

On Thursday night, Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC) will celebrate its 17th Anniversary with the Annual Fundraising Dinner Gala.  On this special night, PICRC will present the first ever, Tommy E. Remengesau Jr. Environmental Award”, which has taken the place of last year’s “Visionary Award”.

During PICRC’s 16th Anniversary, the first and last “Visionary Award” was presented to President Tommy E. Remengesau Jr. for his innovative conservation actions. That night the “Visionary Award” was retired and in its place, the Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr. Environmental Award was created. read more

Palau’s top musicians and a celebrity chef will highlight PICRC’s 17th Anniversary Fundraising Dinner Gala

That time of the year is here again!  PICRC’s biggest and most prestigious event of the year – their annual Anniversary Fundraising Dinner Gala, will be held next Thursday, January 18th.  While the event is intended to raise funds to support research and conservation work in Palau, it also aims to be a fun and memorable event.  As Dr. Yimnang Golbuu, PICRC’s Chief Executive Officer, expressed, “We want people to come and enjoy themselves, have a good time and know that they are supporting a good cause.”   Dr. Golbuu continued, “While almost everyone has been fixated on the holiday season these past couple of months, we, at PICRC, have been focusing our attention to planning and preparation for this upcoming event.” read more

Surangel and Sons Company sponsors Palau Aquarium’s biggest and most attractive tank  

On January 9, 2018, Surangel & Sons Company’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Surangel Whipps Jr. and JICA resident representative, Mr. Nobuaki Miyata, joined Palau International Coral Reef Center’s (PICRC) board members in unveiling the newly renovated Outer Reef Tank at the Palau Aquarium.  The Outer Reef Tank is the biggest tank at the Palau Aquarium and one of its most attractive display.  Surangel and Sons is a sponsor of the outer reef tank.

In addition to sponsoring the Outer Reef Tank, Surangel and Sons have been dedicated supporters of Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC) for many years, donating to the Arts & Tides Calendar since 2006. During the unveiling ceremony, Mr. Whipps provided Surangel & Sons donation of $10,000 to sponsor the outer reef tank.  “We want to participate in caring for the environment,” expressed Mr. Whipps at the unveiling ceremony. “I believe that begins with education.” read more

New marine species named after President Remengesau

On January 4, 2018, Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC) board members and researchers from the University of the Ryukyus, Dr. James Reimer and Mr. Hiroki Kise, presented a new species that was discovered in Palau’s waters to President Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr.  The species has been named Antipathozoanthus remengesaui, in honor of President Remengesau for his contributions to conservation efforts here in Palau and around the world.

Coral reefs, which are widely threatened by rising temperatures, are generally believed to harbor high numbers of species, including many that are undescribed. A new species of zoantharian has been discovered in Palau, thanks to researchers from PICRC, University of Ryukyus in Okinawa, Japan, and Kagoshima University in Kagoshima, Japan. read more

President Remengesau unveils new conservation milestones display at Palau Aquarium

On January 4, 2018, President Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr. along with Vice President Raynold Oiluch, and PICRC board members unveiled a new interactive display at the Palau Aquarium highlighting Palau’s conservation milestones and the Palau National Marine Sanctuary (PNMS).

In 2015, the Palau National Marine Sanctuary was signed into law.  This initiative is monumental in world conservation. The PNMS will be the world’s sixth largest sanctuary and is expected to preserve not only Palau’s marine resources, but also the world’s tuna stocks. read more