Heirs to Our Ocean visit PICRC and learn about MPA research

On January 27, the Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC) welcomed 16 members of Heirs to Our Ocean to learn how researchers at the Center conduct surveys and monitor Marine Protected Areas (MPAs).  Long-term monitoring of Palau’s MPAs is one of the main programs at PICRC.

As part of PICRC’s newly developed School Program, the lesson included a briefing on MPAs and their significance, followed by a research mock-up where students were able to survey an MPA, alongside its reference site, throughout the years. After the simulation, students analyzed and interpreted data, finishing the lesson with a conclusion where they gave recommendations to state governments for a better management of the MPA. read more

PICRC celebrates its 20th Anniversary virtually and honors its two departing board members

On the evening of January 18, at 6PM, the Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC) held its 20th Anniversary Virtual Celebration at PICRC grounds. The celebration was broadcast live by Palau National Communication Corporation (PNCC), on its YouTube channel and on channel 73 cable television, for everyone in Palau and abroad to join in. It was the first time in history for the Center to have hosted its Anniversary virtually. Together the employees, board members, and donors celebrated the Center’s accomplishments, using videos to showcase its research work, education, and outreach with partners and collaborators. To date, over 2000 people, from Palau, the United States, and Guam, have viewed the celebration on YouTube to get informed of the Center’s work and history. read more

PNCC donates to PICRC

The Palau International Coral Reef Center is grateful to accept a donation of $1,000 from the Palau National Communications Corporation (PNCC).

For all the advancements PICRC has made in its history, continued success would not be possible without the support of partner organizations. PNCC, Palau’s leading telecommunications company, has provided vital services which have allowed PICRC to operate as a center of local, regional, and international scientific excellence.

PICRC would like to express sincere thanks for the generosity of PNCC, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic. read more

Family of late Adalbert Eledui donates to PICRC

The Palau International Coral Reef Center is grateful to accept a generous donation of $150 from the family of the late Senator Adelbairekeseoaol Adalbert Eledui.

Adelbairekeseoaol Adalbert Eledui was one of Palau’s conservation pioneers. He was instrumental in the creation of the Palau International Coral Reef Center in 1998, as well as a founder of the Palau Conservation Society. In addition, he was a strong advocate for the inclusion of the Rock Island Southern Lagoon to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. read more

PICRC Researcher Lincy Marino obtains her Master of Science degree

The Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC) extends its congratulations to researcher Ms. Lincy Lee Marino, who recently obtained her Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Sustainable Management from the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay. Ms. Marino was able to complete her studies through the university’s online college while she continued to reside in Palau and work at the Center.

In September 2018, Ms. Marino began her graduate education full-time with the support of PICRC and was financially supported by the Palau National Scholarship Board (PNSB).  In September 2019, Ms. Marino was selected as one of the Bill Raynor Micronesia Challenge Scholarship recipients. read more