New PNMS Advisory Committee established to allow different stakeholders to provide input to the management of the Palau National Marine Sanctuary

PNMS Advisory Committee with Madam Vice President Uduch Sengebau Senior

The Palau National Marine Sanctuary (PNMS) Advisory Committee met earlier this week to officially formalize and sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) as a subcommittee for the National Environmental Protection Council (NEPC). Representatives from Government entities, Non-Government Organizations and private partners are voluntary members to the committee. “This committee will be a unique, inclusive space for people of many backgrounds to directly participate in our work with the PNMS,” said King Sam, PNMS Director. “Our members bring decades of experience in both government and private business, and will help to ensure different and diverse views are considered in the management of PNMS.” The advisory committee formalized their partnership with a memorandum of understanding, which provides a framework for collaboration between the Sanctuary’s public and private partners.
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PICRC Researchers Set Sail into the PNMS for a New eDNA Monitoring Project

Last month, PICRC researchers Dr. Louw Claassens, Ikelau Otto and McQuinnley Mesengei joined Captain Allison Baiei and the crew of PSS Remeliik, Palau’s offshore patrol vessel, on a five-day expedition to survey the diversity of fish species in the Palau National Marine Sanctuary (PNMS). Using a relatively new technology called Environmental DNA (eDNA), researchers collected water samples which will be used to determine the biodiversity of fish living throughout the PNMS, as well as within Palau’s nearshore environments. read more

PICRC and JICA sign project documents to officially launch a 3-year coastal management project

On August 18, 2021, the Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC) and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) joined by partners from Palau Community College (PCC) and the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Environment (MAFE), signed project documents for a three-year project on coastal zone management.

The project is titled, “Project for Enhancement of Integrated Management of Coastal Ecosystem in Palau for Strengthening their Resilience to Climate Change”. The project implementing partners include the Cooperative Research and Extension of PCC, Bureau of Agriculture of MAFE and the Environmental Quality Protection Board. Ms. Geraldine Rengiil, Director of the Research Department at PICRC, will serve as the project manager.
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Recent scientific publication by PICRC explains larval self-recruitment and connectivity among fish populations in Micronesia

Area covered by the study

The Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC) just published an important scientific article in the peer-reviewed journal “Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science” entitled “Oceanographic chaos and its role in larval self-recruitment and connectivity among fish populations in Micronesia”. This study discusses the recruitment of rabbitfish in Guam, groupers in Palau, and the connectivity of groupers within Micronesia (i.e. which islands provide fish larvae to other islands). The study was a collaborative effort among Dr. Eric Wolanski, Professor at James Cook University in Australia, Dr. Robert H. Richmond, Research Professor and Director at the University of Hawaii-Manoa’s Kewalo Marine Lab and Dr. Yimnang Golbuu, CEO of PICRC.  The three authors of the study have collaborated on a variety of research projects in Micronesia for the last 21 years. read more