Taiwan Coral Reef Team to discuss possible collaboration with PICRC

Scientists from the National Sun Yat-sen University and the Taiwan Oceanographic Research Institute, along with members from Taiwan International Cooperation and Development Fund (ICDF), attended a meeting at the Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC) this past Tuesday, September 03 to discuss possible collaboration.

Seeking to identify a topic or issue concerning coral reef conservation that both countries are willing to support, the Taiwan Coral Reef Team performed a series of visits to the PICRC that started on September 03 and ended on September 06. Throughout this week, PICRC’s research team presented the delegation with an array of presentations and site visits designed to familiarize them with the Center’s work. read more

NOAA’s latest technology presented at PICRC to help with the monitoring of coral reefs

On Thursday September 05, Dr. C. Mark Eakin, from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), held a session at the Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC) on the latest products used to monitor coral reefs.

Coral reefs are extremely valuable as they contribute trillions of dollars to our worldwide economy every year. Their management and conservation, thereafter, is imperative. Coral bleaching events however, are currently threatening this invaluable ecosystem. Caused by the increase of ocean water temperature, coral bleaching interrupts the symbiotic relationship between corals and algae causing the death of many corals all over the world. read more

Assistant Secretary Domenech of DOI and Assistant Secretary for Oceans and Atmosphere Admiral Gallaudet visit PICRC

On Tuesday September 10, the Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC) was honored to welcome to the Palau Aquarium RDML Timothy Gallaudet, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere, Dr. Jim Reilly, Director of the United States Geological Survey (USGS), Douglas Domenech, Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Insular Areas, and Tricia Hooper, NOS Program Coordination Officer.

PICRC’s distinguished guests are in Palau as part of the United States Coral Reef Task Force (USCRTF) meeting which will be held on Thursday September 12, at the Ngarachamayong Cultural Center. The USCRTF was established in 1998 with the purpose of preserving and protecting coral reef ecosystems. As the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere, RDML Timothy Gallaudet is developing the Blue Economy initiative where he is seeking to expand activities related to marine transportation, tourism, ocean exploration, and fisheries. Likewise, as the Director of the USGS, Dr. Jim Reilly is leading the research involving natural resource conditions and arising problems. Furthermore, as the Assistant Secretary for Insular and International Affairs, Douglas Domenech manages the relationship that the United States has with its territories and all the Freely Associated States (FAS). The input of such high-ranking government officials will be of great value during the Task Force meeting where partnerships, strategies, and support for on-the-ground action to conserve coral reefs will be discussed. read more

NEPC Hosts Stakeholders’ Dialogue on Oceans

“Allow the Ocean to Sustain Us” was the theme of the Stakeholders’ Dialogue on Oceans hosted by the National Environmental Protection Council (NEPC) this past Thursday, August 29. This theme was chosen because the ocean provides Palauans, and people living in Palau, with vital services such as food, transportation, and attraction for visitors. In order to allow these services to continue, however, we must regulate our own actions to stop the further damage of the ocean and its vital ecosystems. read more