Keobel (KB) Sakuma appointed as PICRC’s newest board member

In August 2018, the Senate confirmed the Presidential appointment of Mr. Keobel (KB) Sakuma to be Palau International Coral Reef Center’s (PICRC) newest board member. Mr. Sakuma brings to the PICRC Board a unique and diverse background with experiences from both the private and government sector, which will be useful for the Center as it continues to build its partnership with both the private and public sector.

Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC) is governed by a Board of Directors. This group of men and women are appointed by the President and approved by the Senate. The role of PICRC’s Board of Directors is to provide guidance and oversight to the Center. In addition to providing guidance, the Board of Directors donate time and resources to help the Center fulfill its vision and mission. read more

Mechesil Belau and PICRC Strengthen Partnership

Mechesil Belau is a traditional women’s organization, that for 25 years has been connecting female leaders to tackle issues including: tradition, culture, conservation, and environment. On September 19, 2018, Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC) CEO, Dr. Yimnang Golbuu presented at the 25th Mechesil Belau Conference to share PICRC’s involvement in addressing threats from climate change.

As a follow up to the Conference, PICRC, with help from Koror State Government, organized a trip for the women of Mechesil Belau and their off-island guests so that they could learn more about Palau’s unique environment and PICRC’s ongoing conservation efforts. PICRC staff accompanied the group of women to Ngermid Bay and Ngederrak Conservation Area. During the outing PICRC researchers shared the significance of these areas with Mechesil Belau and their guests and explained the research being conducted at these sites. read more

“Building a Strong Foundation for a Resilient Future” is PICRC’s theme for the 18th Anniversary

For nearly 18 years, Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC) has had the privilege of guiding efforts to support coral reef conservation in Palau. January 18th, 2019, will officially mark PICRC’s 18 years of devotion to Palau’s unique marine environment. Every year, to celebrate PICRC’s anniversary, a theme is selected to highlight a certain facet of the Center’s core values. The theme chosen for this year’s anniversary is, “Building a Strong Foundation for a Resilient Future.” read more

PICRC partners with MSEL and TNC to assess contribution of MPAs to fisheries in Palau

Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC), the Marine Spatial Ecology Lab (MSEL) from the University of Queensland in Australia and The Nature Conservancy (TNC) in Palau are working together to assess the contributions of MPAs to fisheries production in Palau. The first meeting was held in Palau from September 24-28, 2018 at PICRC. The three organizations worked together to create a model for reef fish (specifically groupers) aggregations and movement patterns around Palau. In addition, data on MPAs were analyzed to determine how well different species of fish are protected based on their movement and the size of MPAs. read more

PICRC Invited to join Expert Group for the High-Level Panel for A Sustainable Ocean Economy

President Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr. and Norway Prime Minister Erna Solberg recently co-chaired the meeting of the United Nations High-Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy. The Panel consists of Heads of Government from thirteen countries: Australia, Chile, Fiji, Ghana, Guinea, Indonesia, Jamaica, Japan, Namibia, Norway, Mexico, Palau and Portugal. The main goal of the Panel is to ensure the relationship between humanity and the sea is optimized to benefit both the ocean and the people. read more