PICRC Researchers attend training in Guam to analyze socioeconomic datasets

On October 14, 2019, researchers Lincy Lee Marino and Shirley Koshiba, from Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC), attended a week long Socio-Economic Measure (SEM) Training Program in Guam.

Throughout the workshop, Ms. Marino and Ms. Koshiba learned how to use the IBM Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) software; a program designed to analyze socioeconomic datasets. The use of this software will allow researchers to analyze social data for past, present and future socioeconomic research. read more

PICRC Outreach Staff utilize various hands-on and interactive activities to teach about clams to Airai’s Head Start class

On Monday, November 18, 2019, the Outreach Team at Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC) were welcomed into Airai’s Head Start classroom to deliver a lesson on Clams. With a series of activities that included, sing along, storytelling, and coloring, students were able to learn about clams, their habitat, characteristics and importance within the marine ecosystem.

Likewise, on Tuesday November 19, PICRC was happy to welcome the same group of students into the Palau Aquarium for a tour of the different ecosystems displayed throughout the exhibits. Students were able to learn about the five different habitats displayed in the Aquarium and reinforce what was learned on the previous day. read more

Ngeruangel Marine Reserve has more and bigger fish, according to a new PICRC study

A new study released this month by researchers at Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC), shows Ngeruangel Marine Reserve as an effective conservation area with high fish abundance and biomass. The research team was led by Marine Gouezo and include researchers Ikelau Otto, Randa Jonathan, Geory Mereb, Victor Nestor, Dawnette Olsudong, and Anna Parker. Ngeruangel Marine Reserve, located in Kayangel State, is part of the Protected Areas Network (PAN) and has been protected since 1996.

PICRC researchers studied the status of fish, macro-invertebrates, juvenile corals, and benthic cover at both Ngeruangel Marine Reserve, as well as Kayangel atoll as a reference site for comparison. The fore reef and lagoon habitat were surveyed both inside and outside the reserve. The results show that Ngeruangel Reserve is effective at protecting fish such as emperors, snappers, parrotfish and rudderfish. The protection, however, does not appear to have an effect on macro-invertebrates such as clams and sea cucumbers. read more

PICRC has identified the theme for its upcoming 19th Anniversary: “Reaching new frontiers anchored in tradition”

“Reaching new frontiers anchored in tradition,” is the theme for the 19th Anniversary and year 2020 of the Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC).  This theme’s significance is attributed to PICRC’s recently expanded mandate with the passage of RPPL 10-35.  The new law assigned PICRC with a new role as an Administrator for the Palau National Marine Sanctuary (PNMS), in addition to other responsibilities covering research, education and outreach for Palau’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).  The passage of the law in June this year brought with it significant changes for PICRC since its founding in 1999; challenging PICRC to be innovative, bold and operate outside its ‘comfort zone’. read more

PICRC calling for nominations for the Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr. Environmental Award

In 2016, Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC) launched the Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr. Environmental Award. Presented every other year during PICRC’s largest fundraising event of the year, the Anniversary Gala Dinner, this Award is meant to recognize an individual that has made significant contributions to conservation and management efforts in Palau.  

PICRC’s Environmental Award was named after President Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr.; first recipient of the Award in 2016 for his leadership and vision in moving forward conservation efforts in Palau. Likewise, Direngerkiu Carol O. Emaurois graciously accepted the Award in 2018 for her contributions in research and science education.   read more