Blue Bay Petroleum Incorporated Supports PICRC’s Summer Internship Program

On Thursday, May 31, Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC) received $5,000 from Blue Bay Petroleum Incorporated to support the PICRC 2018 Summer Internship Program. This is the second year running that Blue Bay has donated to the program and this large contribution will help PICRC fulfill its role in providing educational support to the youth of Palau.

The internship begins on Monday, June 4th and will end on Friday, July 13th. Joining the program this year are Palauan college students Leah Marie Bukurou, Theresa Kimnoy Bultedaob Aten, Meangeldil Ayla Azuma Malsol, Masasinge Tellei Hideos, Mira Eyangel Mariur, and Jenelle Blesam. Each student has been assigned a mentor and a project to complete during their internship. read more

PICRC partners with PCC to develop apps to aid learning about Palau’s environment

For the past semester, Palau Community College students in the Information Technology Department (PCC IT) worked endlessly on three different projects to develop tablet-based apps for Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC). As part of their final presentation, these students presented the apps in the IT Symposium held at PCC Assembly Hall on May 11, 2018. These students were: Destiny Emesiochel, Kersten Dismas, Howard Charles Jr., TewidRebluud, and Tricia Pedro.

The android apps that were developed included: tablet-based survey for the Socioeconomic Project headed by researcher Lincy Marino; a Seagrass Manual app; and an app for the Paradise of Nature: Understanding the Wonders of Palau book. read more

PICRC and Koror State Leaders meet to discuss impact of snorkelers on rock island sites and the current populations of “erobk”

While snorkelers cause some damage to rock island sites, the impact have not been significant enough to reduce the amount of coral cover in the popular snorkeling sites compared to reference, or non-tourist sites, according to studies conducted by PICRC at some of the popular snorkeling sites at the rock islands.  The result of this study and the data on the populations of giant trevally (erobk) were discussed with Koror State leaders on April 19, 2018 at Koror State Assembly Hall.

Representing PICRC in the meeting was PICRC CEO, Dr. Yimnang Golbuu, Director of the Research Department, Ms. Geraldine Rengiil, researchers Victor Nestor and Lincy Marino, and Development Coordinator Andrea Uchel. Koror State Government leaders who attended the meeting were Honorable Governor Gibbons, Director of the Department of Conservation and Law Enforcement Jennifer Olegeriil and other Koror State staff, along with Koror State Legislature Speaker Alan Marbou and other members of the 10th Koror State Legislature. read more

A new study shows recovery at Ngederrak and Lighthouse Reefs

A collaborative study between The University of Queensland, Marine Spatial Ecology Lab (MSEL), and Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC) shows recovery at the Ngederrak and Lighthouse reefs after extensive damages as a result of Typhoon Bopha.

Ngederrak and Lighthouse reefs have been through a couple of natural disasters. First, in 1998, the massive coral bleaching event severely impacted the reefs. Before this massive bleaching event, the reefs were healthy and thriving, providing home to branching corals. Unfortunately, after this bleaching event, the coral cover significantly decreased, resulting in rubble. As such, rubble is not a suitable place for coral recruits to settle, thus recovery was slow. read more

PICRC water conservation outreach campaign: “Melekau ra ralm el uchul a klengar!”

Since the start of the year, Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC) has conducted outreach campaigns to reinforce the importance of freshwater conservation and further raise awareness of freshwater in our daily lives. This campaign is funded by a grant from the Government of Italy, with the main goal of promoting water conservation in the face of predicted droughts and El Nino. With this water campaign, PICRC has released its promotional logo with the slogan: “Melekau ra ralm el uchul a klengar.” This translates to: we must conserve or safeguard water as it is the source of life. read more