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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.

Elsei Tellei joins PICRC’s research team

Ms. Elsei Tellei recently joined the Palau International Coral Reef Center’s (PICRC) Research Department as its newest researcher. Elsei was selected to join the research team after going through a competitive application and selection process with other applicants.

Elsei first joined PICRC on August 2019, as a Communications and Outreach Officer, where she worked with the Outreach team to help improve awareness and education on the Palau National Marine Sanctuary (PNMS). She also took part in many education, community, and outreach programs imparted by the Center. Likewise, Ms. Tellei had the opportunity to assist the Research Department with field research involving the PNMS and Marine Protected Areas (MPAs).  Her experience with outreach and research work, vast understanding on the PNMS, and extensive background as one of Palau’s Conservation Youth Leaders, made her the ideal candidate to fulfill the Center’s new research position. read more

Shimbros International continues to support PICRC’s 20th Anniversary

The Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC) is extremely grateful for Shimbros International, as they continue to support the Center year after year.

Shimbros has played a large role in previous Anniversary events by donating the beverages served during PICRC’s Annual Dinner Gala. Due to the global pandemic, however, the Center decided to transform its 20th Anniversary into a Virtual Celebration, which allowed a much larger audience, both locally and internationally, to be part of the celebration. read more

Six PHS Students join PICRC to gain on-the-job experience

On January 11, 2021, the Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC) welcomed Palau High School (PHS) students Syerabe Humio, Ivan Kubarii, Kesiil Thomas, Sarina Masaichi, Aalliyah Miller, and Lwaylynn Feliciano, who will be completing their Career Practicum at the Center.

The Career Practicum is a Work-Based Activity program offered to all seniors at PHS. By partnering with numerous organizations across Palau, the program intends to expose students to the working environment, while orienting their career of choice. read more

PICRC welcomes Spring Intern Angelil Sisior

On January 27, the Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC) welcomed 2021 Spring Intern, Angelil Sisior. A senior at Palau Mission Academy (PMA), Angelil will be at the Center until May. The purpose of the internship is to involve students in conservation, while helping them develop work ethics. At the same time, the internship is intended to orient careers of choice.

During the next four months, Angelil will be working with the Center’s Aquarists, learning about the work involved to keep the organisms at the aquarium healthy. She will also have the opportunity to interact with PICRC’s researchers by receiving lessons on conservation, ecosystems, and the work that they do in the field. Likewise, Angelil will take on a leadership role by organizing activities for the visitors of the Palau Aquarium. read more

PCC student Adrian Ililau to complete Field Studies at PICRC

On January 11, 2021, the Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC) welcomed Palau Community College (PCC) student Adrian Ililau, who will be completing his Internship and Field Studies in the Environment/Marine Science Program at PICRC.

Adrian is a sophomore, pursuing a major in Environmental/Marine Science. Under the mentorship of Researcher Victor Nestor, Mr. Ililau will learn about surveying techniques, proper use of field equipment, and best practices to collect and analyze data. He will be using these skills to develop a research project of his own, needed to fulfill PCC’s program requirements. read more