Two years of fish stocks monitoring show no significant changes in overall fish biomass, according to new study released by PICRC

A new report released by PICRC presents results of their fish populations monitoring in the Northern Reef of Palau from 2015-2017. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), seafood is of extreme importance in Palau as it is not only a main source of protein, but it is also plays a role in the economy of the country providing employment, increasing tourism and promoting the exportation of the good. Given the weight that fishing has on the development of the country, its exploitation needs to be managed to ensure sustainable fisheries for the younger generations. read more

Ngederrak and Lighthouse coral reefs are still recovering after being destroyed by Typhoon Bopha in 2012

In late November 2012 Typhoon Bopha struck the Pacific Ocean. Categorized as a super typhoon, it devastated Palau virtually killing all of the coral in the reefs of Ngederrak and Lighthouse.

Research done by the Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC), along with the center’s adjunct researcher Peter Mumby, and his team at the Marine Spatial Ecology Lab at the University of Queensland, shows that the coral in Ngederrak and Lighthouse reefs are starting to recover rapidly after having a delayed start. After Typhoon Bopha hit Palau, toxic seaweed, Liagora and Lobophora, bloomed on the reefs. As a result, coral larvae did not settle resulting in a slow reef recovery. read more


Date of Issue: August 8, 2019

RFP No:  PICRC 2019-01

The Palau International Coral Reef (PICRC) Center is soliciting Proposals from Independent Certified Public Accountants (CPA) for a 3-year contract to conduct Single Audit of the Palau International Coral Reef Center.  The audit period will cover fiscal year 2019,2020, and 2021.  For each fiscal year, the audit will cover the twelve months period from October 1 to September 30.

Interested individual or CPA Firms are requested to submit a detailed proposal in accordance with the Request for Proposal to the following address: read more

PICRC, Koror State and Palau Visitors Authority (PVA) to discuss Coral Reef Rehabilitation Project

On August 07, 2019, Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC) CEO Dr. Yimnang Golbuu and staff met with Koror State Governor Franco Gibbons and the staff of Koror State Conservation and Law Enforcement, and Board Chairman Ngiraibelas Tmetuchel and the staff of Palau Visitors Authority (PVA) Board of Directors, to discuss the possibility of rehabilitating the corals of Ngerchong Garden.

PICRC Aquarium Supervisor Laura Del Rio, presented on the results of the survey to select the site for rehabilitation. Out of the six sites assessed, Ngerchong Inside was chosen as 60% of its corals were destroyed by Typhoon Bopha in 2012. Ngerchong is an ideal site for snorkeling and diving; the possibility of involving the local and foreign community to help rehabilitate the site was discussed during the meeting. read more