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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.

Giant Clams are Abundant and Widespread in Palau, New Study Finds

A recently published study led by former PICRC researcher Lincoln Rehm reports that, in spite of pressures from tourism and fishing, giant clam populations remain abundant and healthy throughout Palau. The study attributes Palau’s healthy clam populations to conservation measures such as marine protected areas and bans on exporting clams.

Current PICRC Research Office Assistant Randa Jonathan and former researcher Lincy Marino joined Rehm as co-authors.

The authors found that oruer was the most abundant clam species, followed by melibes and ribkungal. Kism, oktang and duadeb were less common. read more

Surangel and Sons Company Donates $10,000 to Palau International Coral Reef Center

The Palau International Coral Reef Center has received a generous $10,000 donation from Surangel and Sons Company! Mrs. Marilyn Whipps, Mrs. Yrang W. McCarty and Mr. Eric Whipps presented the donation on behalf of the company.

 “Surangel and Sons Company has been an invaluable partner to the Center for over fifteen years,” said Dr. Yimnang Golbuu, PICRC’s CEO. “We are honored to accept their donation and grateful for their ongoing support.”

As a family owned company, Surangel and Sons Company has long supported efforts to educate Palau’s youth on our oceans; the company previously sponsored the Palau Aquarium’s Outer Reef Tank, the Aquarium’s largest exhibit, and has faithfully contributed to the Center’s annual Arts and Tides Calendar Contest. The company also generously supports other programs and projects to conserve our pristine environment. read more

PICRC’s 21st Anniversary Fundraising Dinner Gala to feature Elilai Restaurant & Keriik’s Catering with Full Table Service

The Palau International Coral Reef Center’s (PICRC) 21st Anniversary Fundraising Dinner Gala will be held on January 20, 2022. As with previous PICRC Fundraising Dinner Gala events, the main objective for the event is to ensure an unforgettable night for PICRC’s dedicated supporters. Recognizing that good food and excellent services are fundamental for this experience, much consideration and planning are always invested into the selection of vendors. 

After some deliberation, PICRC is delighted to partner once again with Elilai Restaurant, one of Palau’s premier restaurants. Since its opening in 2007, Elilai Restaurant has become a popular dining place for both residents and visitors alike.  Complementing Elilai Restaurant’s full course meal, consisting of both vegetarian and non-vegetarian options, is a Japanese-themed set of appetizers and starters by Keriik’s Catering during the cocktail hour. Chef Keriik Besong is a self-made young business entrepreneur who recently returned to Palau and already demonstrates promising skills and high-quality service. Drinks for the cocktail hour and for the whole evening will be donated by Shimbros International.  Throughout the evening, a full table service will be provided by Motol Brell & Crew, a group of professional servers that has served at functions held at the Palau Pacific Resort and other top-rated hotels. read more

Former PICRC Researcher Lincoln Rehm Awarded Prestigious KNAUSS Fellowship

Earlier this year, former PICRC Researcher Lincoln Rehm was selected as a finalist for the John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship. Sixty-eight fellows were selected across the United States to work with either the Legislative or Executive Branch of the U.S. within a marine policy capacity.

The goal of this fellowship is to provide graduate students the opportunity to network and gain professional experience in offices that focus on marine policy issues. Fellows can choose to work with either branch, and Lincoln Rehm selected to work with the Executive Branch, interviewing with 18 different offices such as NOAA, Department of Treasury, Department of Energy, and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. read more

PICRC Bids Farewell to Mr. Hiroyuki Tanaka, Board of Directors Vice Chairman

The Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC) is bidding farewell to one of its longest serving board members, Vice Chairman Hiroyuki Tanaka, the President of Dolphins Pacific.

Mr. Tanaka joined PICRC’s board of directors in 2013, and has served continuously for the past eight years. In recognition of his outstanding service, he was presented with an official certificate of appreciation from President Surangel Whipps Jr. at a farewell luncheon last week.

“It was an honor to serve on the board of PICRC,” said Mr. Tanaka. “While I will no longer be a board member, I will continue to support the Center and its work.” read more