New Study from PICRC and Stanford University Finds Heat Resistant Corals Widespread in Palau

A recently published scientific paper from the Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC) and the Hopkins Marine Station of Stanford University mapped the distribution of heat resistant corals throughout the Palau Archipelago. The study, which surveyed 221 colonies of Acropora hyacinthus across 37 reefs sites, found that heat resistant corals are widely distributed in Palau, and are particularly concentrated on reefs in Aimeliik State.

The paper, entitledWidespread variation in heat tolerance and symbiont load are associated with growth tradeoffs in the coral Acropora hyacinthus in Palau was published in the scientific journal eLife.  PICRC researcher Victor Nestor joined researchers from Stanford as co-authors of this paper.  Brendan Cornwell of Stanford University was the paper’s lead author. read more

Students Join Division of Maritime Security and Fish and Wildlife Protection for Educational Surveillance Tour Aboard PSS Remeliik II

Last Saturday, a group of students joined the Division of Maritime Security and Fish and Wildlife Protection for an educational surveillance tour aboard the PSS Remeliik II. The students, who won their seats on the trip through the PNMS Art Contest and PNMS Anniversary Celebration, had the chance to learn about the Division’s work in the PNMS firsthand.

Vice President and Minister of Justice Uduch Sengebau Senior and Australian Ambassador Richelle Turner joined the student prizewinners in the morning for a tour of the Division’s facilities. PNMS Surveillance and Enforcement Officer and Maritime Operations Center OIC Jeremiah Ngiratreged demonstrated the Division’s surveillance tools, including its vessel monitoring system and monitoring camera in Angaur.  read more

Stanford Professor Stephen Palumbi and PICRC Continue Study of Heat Tolerant Corals in Palau

Last month, a team of Stanford University researchers led by Professor Stephen Palumbi joined the Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC) to complete the final phase of a three-year research project mapping heat tolerant corals in Palau. The collaborative study will indicate how Palau’s reefs may respond to climate change, and can be used to guide new coral reef management initiatives.

Researcher Victor Nestor led PICRC’s involvement in the project, and has worked alongside Professor Palumbi’s team since the project began in 2018. Together, they have tested hundreds of coral from 39 reefs throughout Palau, which they exposed to high water temperatures in PICRC’s lab, simulating ocean warming. read more

PICRC calls for Nomination for the Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr. Environmental Award

Ann Singeo receiving the 2nd Tommy E. Remengesau Jr. Environmental Award during PICRC’s 19th Anniversary-Dinner Gala, with Maderngebuked- Tommy E. Remengesau Jr. . 

The Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC) is calling for nominations for the Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr. Environmental Award. Presented every other year during PICRC’s largest fundraising event of the year, the Anniversary Gala Dinner, this Award is meant to recognize an individual that has made significant contributions to conservation and management efforts in Palau.

PICRC’s Environmental Award, launched in 2016, was named after President Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr.; first recipient of the Award in 2016 for his leadership and vision in moving forward conservation efforts in Palau. In 2018, Direngerkiu Carol O. Emaurois accepted the award in 2018 for her contributions in research and science education. In 2020, Ann Singeo received the award in recognition of the significant contributions she had made to conservation and management efforts in Palau through her efforts with Ebiil Society. read more

Palau National Marine Sanctuary Celebrates Sixth Anniversary at Kokusai, Ngatpang

Last Thursday, October 28th, the Palau National Marine Sanctuary celebrated its 6th anniversary at Kokusai, Ngatpang, drawing over 200 attendees. The event, which featured guest speakers, educational booths and a leadership cook-off, showcased the Sanctuary’s goals, successes, and benefits to Palau.

“The PNMS was established to conserve our ocean resources and strengthen our food security” said King Sam, PNMS Director. “Six years later, it stands as one of the largest marine protected areas in the world. It’s an amazing accomplishment to celebrate.” read more