Former PICRC Intern accepted to UH Mānoa Marine Biology Graduate Program

Ms. Alexi Meltel, a former Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC) intern, has been accepted to the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa (UH Mānoa) Marine Biology Graduate Program for Fall 2020.  Her master’s thesis advisor is Professor Robert Richmond, who is the director of UH’s Kewalo Marine Laboratory and also a member of the Board of Directors of PICRC.

Ms. Meltel attended Palau Mission Academy, as well as Palau Community College (PCC). She interned with PICRC in the summers of 2009 and 2016, assisting PICRC researchers with seagrass surveys at different marine protected areas in Palau. She learned about the work that the researchers do, such as data collection and analysis, as well as sharing of results. “I learned a lot about how important it is as a local scientist to involve the community in your work,” Ms. Meltel said when asked about her experience as an intern. read more

Donors continue to support conservation through art

During these uncertain times, several companies continue to donate to the Palau International Coral Reef Center’s (PICRC) Arts and Tides Calendar; a community-based program that was launched 19 years ago with the purpose of raising environmental awareness through student artwork. PICRC truly appreciates, and encourages, the contribution of all sponsors of the Calendar, especially those able to contribute at this time.

On May 19, 2020, Mr. Russ Masayos donated $1,500 on behalf of Western Caroline Trading Company (WCTC), one of the largest donors of the Arts & Tides Calendar since 2001. On the same date, the Center received a donation of $750 from Mrs. Sandra S. Pierantozzi, owner of Sun’s Flower Shop, who has been a continuous supporter since 2010. Likewise, PICRC’s sister Aquarium, Toba Aquarium, offered a donation of $1000 to sponsor the 2021 Arts & Tides Calendar. read more

PICRC announces the winners of the 2021 Arts and Tides Calendar

Despite the many challenges that COVID-19 has brought to our community, the Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC) was able to successfully organize the 2021 Arts and Tides Calendar contest.  Jomil Garcia from Palau High School was awarded Overall Winner. Besides receiving a cash prize of $100 and a free copy of the Calendar, Jomil’s drawing will be featured on the cover page of the “2021 Saving Our Oceans from Plastic Pollution” Arts and Tides Calendar. At the same time, her art will be displayed on two road signs: one across from Palau High School and the other in Airai, near Bem Ermii. read more

PICRC holds its first-ever online judging for the 2021 Arts and Tides Calendar

COVID-19 has brought about many challenges for businesses and individuals all over the world. After taking precautionary measures and closing its doors to the general public, the Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC) had to find creative ways to continue its outreach efforts. The Arts and Tides Calendar is a community-based program that started 19 years ago with the purpose of raising environmental awareness through student artwork. Given the significance and value that the program has within the community, PICRC decided to continue the planning of the 2021 “Saving Our Oceans from Plastic Pollution” Arts and Tides Calendar, by taking advantage of online tools and resources. read more

PICRC Employee graduates with Associates Degree in Business Accounting

On May 15, 2020, Ms. Jenna Mersai, Accounting Officer at Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC), graduated as a member of the Beta Omicron Zeta Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society from Palau Community College (PCC) with an Associate Degree in Business Accounting.

Ms. Mersai has been working at PICRC’s Administration Department for the past 6 years, after returning from the United States where she served in the army. She started working as a Sales Clerk, then Accounting Clerk and recently, she became PICRC’s Accounting Officer. Jenna enrolled at PCC 4 years ago where she deepened her understanding of basic accounting theories, concepts on human management, economics and financial management. Ms. Mersai’s new skills will help improve efficiency and effectiveness in the workplace. read more