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

P-CoRIE project ends after five years with major accomplishments in research and capacity building

The Palau Coral Reef Island Ecosystem (P-CoRIE) Project, a collaborative effort between Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC), Palau Community College (PCC), and University of Ryukyus, has come to an end. This project, funded by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), as part of the Science and Technology Research Partnership for Sustainable Development (SATREPS), involved five Principal Investigators (PIs), four post-docs and PICRC researchers.  Dr. Seiji Nakaya was the project coordinator and worked to ensure the project was successful.  With the departure of Dr. Nakaya at the end of this month, the P-CoRIE project will officially come to an end. read more

Evelyn Otto graduates with Master’s Degree and returns to PICRC

In March, Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC) researcher Ms. Evelyn Otto completed her master’s program and graduated from the University of the Ryukyus in Okinawa, Japan, with a Master of Science Degree in Chemistry, Biology and Marine Sciences.  During her time at Ryukyus, Ms. Otto worked closely with Dr. Haruko Kurihara, an expert in ocean acidification and water quality. Over the past two years, Ms. Otto conducted an evaluation of the effects of sewage outflow on the surrounding coral reef in order to better understand how increased nutrient levels affect the growth and health of corals that surround the outflow pipe in Malakal Bay. read more