SDA 5th Graders visit PICRC

On April 29, 2021, over 20 fifth grade students from Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) Elementary School visited Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC) for a presentation and a tour of the Palau Aquarium. During their visit, the students learned about coral reefs through presentations, videos and the hands-on activities provided by the Outreach Team and the high school interns.

The objective of the visit was to introduce to the students to the different marine ecosystem including, coral reefs, and coral bleaching. The students enjoyed the demonstration of coral bleaching as well as exploring the aquarium exhibitions. read more

Adrian Ililau successfully completed his Internship and Field Studies at PICRC

Adrian Ililau, a sophomore pursuing a major in Environmental/Marine Science (EMS) at Palau Community College (PCC), has successfully completed his Internship and Field Studies at the Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC). His field studies focused on “Effects of heat stress on corals” under the mentorship of a PICRC Researcher Victor Nestor.

During his time with PICRC, he also learned about underwater survey techniques, proper use of field equipment and best practices to collect and analyze data.  With his new skills, he was able to develop a research project on his own, which met with PCC’s program requirements. He was required to complete 192 hours for both courses, the Internship and the Field Studies and presents his project to PCC and PICRC. read more

Three PHS Students join PICRC for Career Mentoring

On April 20, 2021, Palau High School (PHS) students Caley Sumios Adolf, Dillungil Alex Suzuki and Jamie T. Ngirdimau started their Career Mentoring Program at the Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC).  The three students will be working at PICRC for one week.

The Career Mentoring is a Work-Based Activity program offered at PHS for juniors to gain on-job-experience in their career interest. This program provides the opportunity for juniors to observe and understand the connection between school and careers, as well as to practice the skills that they have learned in their career academy classes. read more

Dr. Louw Claassens joins PICRC to lead its PNMS Science and Monitoring Program

Dr. Louw Claassens recently joined the Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC) as a Science Officer and Researcher for the Palau National Marine Sanctuary (PNMS). Her main role is to focus on offshore and deep-sea research in this large scale marine protected area (LSMPA). She will work closely with the PNMS Working Group of the National Environmental Protection Council, PICRC researchers, and other researchers and stakeholders within Palau and internationally, to implement the PNMS Science and Monitoring Plan. Likewise, she will help facilitate and be actively involved in research in Palau that will contribute to the management of the PNMS. read more

PICRC partners with Blue Nature to strengthen management of the PNMS

The Palau International Coral Center (PICRC) applauds the Blue Nature Alliance’s launch, one of the largest conservation efforts to protect the global oceans. The Alliance aims to protect 18 million square kilometers of ocean in five years, an area twice the size of the continental U.S. and larger than the continent of South America.  The Blue Nature Alliance is a global partnership founded and led by Conservation International, The Pew Charitable Trusts, GEF, Minderoo Foundation and the Rob & Melani Walton Foundation. read more