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PICRC envisions: People empowered with science and knowledge for effective marine conservation and management. The Mission of PICRC is: To guide efforts in coral reef stewardship through research and its applications for the people of Palau, Micronesia, and the world.

Project on Palau National Marine Sanctuary officially launched

On June 10, Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC) held its Inception Workshop at the Tommy Remengesau Jr. Building at the center. The inception workshop was the official project launching for strengthening management of the Palau National Marine Sanctuary (PNMS), funded by the Global Environmental Facility (GEF). The meeting was a way to raise awareness and increase the support for the PNMS project among stakeholders, understand the current management and challenges, and explain the management arrangements, roles and responsibilities of the implementing agencies and all parties involved to ensure the success of the PNMS. There were about 51 attendees from partner agencies as well as members of the PNMS Advisory Committee. The workshop was organized by PICRC, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Environment (MAFE), and Ministry of Justice (MOJ), in which they were able to give a brief management overview for the project. read more

Recent publication by PICRC and University of the Ryukyus shows potential adaption of corals in Ngermid Bay to Ocean Acidification

Ocean acidification (OA) is a reduction in the pH of the ocean over time, caused primarily by uptake of carbon dioxide (CO2) from the earth’s atmosphere. OA reduces the amount of the calcium carbonate available, which marine organisms need to build their shells or skeletons. Marine organisms such as corals, clams, crabs and other shellfish may be threatened as OA continues to increase due to high concentrations of CO2. Therefore, our livelihood, economy, and culture will eventually be affected by OA as we are dependent on our ocean and the marine life. read more

PICRC publishes a new scientific paper on the status of reef fish stocks in Palau

The enormous importance of reef fish to Palauans for sustenance, cultural practices and livelihood, necessitates regular monitoring to keep track of the status of their population, size and diversity, especially with the more targeted commercially important fishes.  In 2017, the Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC) initiated its nation-wide monitoring program to determine the status of commercially important reef fish stocks at 94 sites from Kayangel to Angaur.  The states of Hatohobei and Sonsorol were excluded in the program due to their remoteness while Ngeruangel Atoll in Kayangel was excluded, given its status as a Marine Protected Area (MPA) since this study targets commercially important fish stocks in locations open to fishing. read more

PICRC Researchers to present at the Ocean Observations and Data Applications for the Pacific Islands Meeting

The increasing ocean acidification (OA) due to higher concentrations of carbon dioxide (CO2), has prompted greater concern and interest among policy makers and scientists in the Pacific region to increase collaboration and cooperation to find solutions and minimize the negative impacts of OA.  Part of this effort is a series of regional workshops and meetings addressing OA. 

The first meeting,“Pacific Island Ocean Acidification (OA) Monitoring Dialogue”, was held earlier this month on May 6th.  The meeting was organized by the Secretariat of the Pacific Environment Programme (SPREP) in partnership with Korean Institute of Ocean Science and Technology (KIOST), the Pacific Partnership on Ocean Acidification (PPOA), and the Pacific Islands Global Ocean Observing System (PI-GOOS). read more