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Press Release

Press Release

For Immediate Release
Date: 08/21/2017

Contact: Ines Kintoki
Phone: 488-6950 ext. 244
Email: ikintoki@picrc.org

Anna Parker
Communications and Outreach Officer
Palau International Coral Reef Center
P.O. Box 7086 1 M-Dock Road
(680) 488-6950 www.picrc.org

 

Continued Monitoring of the Protected Areas Network 

In 2015, Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC) conducted baseline surveys in 13 of the 14 Protected Area Network (PAN) sites to track changes in coral reef and seagrass habitats. This month, PICRC has begun the second round of monitoring in these sites, starting with Ngelukes Conservation Area.

In the next twelve months, PICRC will conduct surveys in, Medal Ngediull Conservation Area, Angaur State Conservation Zone, Ngeruangel Marine Reserve, Ngerumekaol Spawning Area, Ngermedellim Management Area,  Ebiil Channel Conservation Area, Ngermasech Conservation Area, Ileyakl Beluu Conservation Area, Oreuaol Ibuchel Conservation Area, Ngemai Conservation Area, and Teluleu Conservation Area.  Helen Reef is also a PAN site but because of its distance from the main island, it is logistically hard to get to.  PICRC is hoping that Helen Reef can be surveyed in the coming year along with the rest of the PAN sites.

Marine Protected Areas (MPA) are a practical tool for conserving marine resources against human threats, but without proper management these areas may be irrelevant. In baseline surveys the lagoon MPA’s tended to have the lowest ecological scores of all habitats. While MPA’s on average increase fish biomass and species diversity in channels and the outer reef, land-based pollution is a significant driver to the poor ecological conditions of nearshore seagrass beds.

By conducting these surveys researchers are able to make recommendations to resource managers to reduce the amount of sedimentation flowing out of rivers and onto these important ecosystems. Additionally, sampling the PAN sites every two years will allow researchers to provide practical information to the PAN Office in order to develop a more resilient network of protected areas.

PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
Date: 08/14/17

Contact: Ines Kintoki
Phone: 488-6950 ext. 244
Email:ikintoki@picrc.org

Anna Parker
Communications and Outreach Officer
Palau International Coral Reef Center
P.O. Box 7086 1 M-Dock Road
(680) 488-6950 www.picrc.org

 

Palau’s coral reefs are resilient, according to a 15-year study by PICRC

Worldwide, coral reefs are being impacted by disturbances. As global temperatures rise, bleaching events and extreme weather events are likely to increase. Through ecological monitoring researchers are able to track changes to better understand how coral reefs are impacted and how they recover from these large disturbances.

Until 2001, there had been no comprehensive coral reef monitoring on disturbance impacts, coral mortality, or recovery time for Palau’s coral reefs at an island scale. This lack of data left many questions unanswered following the 1998 bleaching event. In response to this gap in knowledge, Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC) established their long-term coral reef monitoring program.  Information from the coral reef monitoring programs can be used to tell us the status of Palau’s reefs and track and document changes resulting from large disturbances.

A new report by PICRC researchers presents the results of PICRCs 15-year study on Palau’s coral reefs.  The results showed that most coral reef communities recovered from the 1998 coral bleaching event, but it took at least 10 years for them to fully recover. PICRC researchers discovered that in all reefs habitats the areas covered by corals gradually began to increase in 2002 and continued to recover and regain their stable structure.   A notable exception is found in the eastern reefs of Palau because of the severe damage caused Typhoon Bopha and Haiyan in 2012 and 2013. The coral communities within this area were not fully recovered from the 1998 bleaching when the typhoons hit and are just now starting to recover.

This study demonstrates PICRC’s efforts to continue monitoring over the years consistently using the same methods. Thanks to this data collection, researchers are able to understand the past and current status of Palau’s coral reefs, and how disturbances have impacted them. It is extremely important to continue monitoring efforts to inform the public, stakeholders and policy makers on the impacts from large disturbances and the reality of reefs recovery time following them.

A copy of this report can be accessed through the PICRC website (picrc.org) under Research Publications and Technical Reports or from the PICRC library. Please contact Ines Kintoki at ikintoki@picrc.org for further questions or comments.

Palau International Coral Reef Center
1 M-Dock Road
P.O. Box 7086
Koror, Palau 96940

Contact: Ines Kintoki
Phone: 488-6950 Ext. 244
Email: ikintoki@picrc.org
Press Release
For Immediate Release
Date: August 16, 2017

New SDA and PMA teachers learn about PICRC’s education programs

This past Sunday, Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC) hosted new teachers from Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) Elementary School and Palau Mission Academy (PMA). For the third consecutive year, the new teachers from these schools were able to learn about the educational activities PICRC offers and tour the Palau Aquarium. The principal and vice principal of the two schools, Palau host families and sponsors were also present to hear about PICRC’s education programs.

Aside from conducting research, PICRC strives to raise awareness on Palau’s marine environment to students and the community. Every year, PICRC staff work with schools to involve their students in the Center’s work.  One of the main, educational activities at PICRC is the Arts and Tides Calendar contest. This contest has taken place annually since the Center opened in 2001 and every year it continues to recognize new conservation themes. Additionally, PICRC continues to hosts interns and volunteers to gain career guidance from the Centers professionals. Aquarium tours, tours of the research facilities and school visits also provide students with the opportunity to learn about marine ecosystems and marine conservation. PICRC wants to ensure schools and teachers are aware of these programs so PICRC’s facilities and aquarium are fully utilized by the community.

“The aquarium and our facilities remain valuable educational tools and we encourage teachers to really take advantage of what we have to offer,” PICRC CEO, Dr. Yimnang Golbuu shared with the new teachers on Sunday. PICRC continuously works to raise awareness in the youth. Conserving marine resources is important, especially for an island that has always relied on fish as a main food source. PICRC encourages teachers to include conservation in their curriculum and to use the aquarium as an extension of their classrooms.

If any teachers are interested in PICRC’s education programs please contact Ines Kintoki at 488-6950 or email at ikintoki@picrc.org for more information.

 

PRESS RELEASE
July 31, 2017
Koror, Republic of Palau

Matthew Arurang
Sales/Operation Support
Blue Bay Petroleum, Inc.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

 Final Drawing Winners for Blue Bay’s $pend This $ummer Promo

Drawing was held on July 31, 2017 at Midtown Gas Station

 

$200 Gift Certificate Winners

  1. NIVA SILES
  2. RANDY C SOLA
  3. HAIDY MASAHIRO
  4. GEORGIA RENGUUL
  5. YA-YAN FANG ERICA
  6. SCOTT FRANZ
  7. EBIBEI SOLANG
  8. HOSEA SUMANG

 

Blue Bay wishes to thank everyone for participating in this promotion. We will continue to look for better offers and opportunities for the community.   For more information on Blue Bay Petroleum, Inc.’s 2017 promotions please visit us on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/bluebaypetroleumpalau.

Palau International Coral Reef Center
Press Release
For Immediate Release
Contact: Ines Kintoki
Phone: 488-6950 ext. 244
Email: ikintoki@picrc.org
Date: July 26, 2017

Photographed left to right: Dr. Yimnang Golbuu, Ilebrang U. Olkeriil, Bernadette Valencia, Mingrang Kloulechad, and Harlen Herman


Matson donates to PICRC
 

On July 25, 2017, Matson donated $1,000 to Palau International Coral Reef Center.  Matson, a loyal supporter and partner in the region continues to contribute to the protection of the environment and conservation in Palau, Guam, and the region. Not only does Matson support PICRC it also contributes to Palau Conservation Society.

As a leader in Pacific shipping, Matson continues to strengthen its ocean transportation services for Hawaii, Alaska, Guam, Micronesia and the South Pacific. In the past decade, the Matson fleet has welcomed four newly-built containerships, all equipped with more fuel-efficient diesel engines, state-of-the-art shipboard technology and a number of “green” environmentally friendly design elements.  It is truly a leader in the Pacific not only in shipping but also for the environment.  In addition, Matson, Inc. established the Matson Foundation to administer all of the company’s corporate giving programs.  The Matson Foundation contributes funds, material goods and services to assist in the development and operation of not-for-profit, charitable and community organizations in the geographic locations in which Matson has business operations.

“Throughout the company’s long history, Matson has demonstrated its commitment to supporting organizations that seek to improve the quality of life in communities in which our employees live and work,” said Matt Cox, president and CEO, Matson, Inc.

PICRC would like to thank Ms. Bernadette Valencia, the General Manager for Matson, in Guam and Micronesia region for their generous contribution.   Dr. Yimnang Golbuu, Chief Executive Officer for PICRC expressed their appreciation, “It is because partnerships like Matson, from the private sector that public organizations like PICRC can continue to thrive to better research the environment and provide information to help for its conservation.  We greatly appreciate the private public partnerships that make our work possible”.

 

Office of the Vice-President and Ministry of Justice
Press Release
MOJ Serial No. PR-17-026
Date: July 26, 2017

 

Palau Pacific Resort Donates to Division of Corrections

On July 26th 2017, the Bureau of Public Safety’s (BPS) Division of Corrections (DOC) received donations from Palau Pacific Resort (PPR) of 110 Bath Towels. The donations were signed off by PPR General Manager Mr. Naoyuki Maedani as part of the

Resort’s Community Care Program. Chief Ricky Ngiraked and his officers were present to accept the donations from Mr. Simon Ramarui, Jr whom is the Executive Housekeeper for PPR.

According to Chief of Division of Correction Mr. Ngiraked, there are a total of 80 prisoners; therefore the donations will surely be distributed to each and every inmate, while the rest will be stored for future uses.

On behalf of the BPS and DOC, the Office of the Vice President and Ministry of Justice would like to take this opportunity and thank Palau Pacific Resort, Mr. Maedani and the rest of its staff for its contributions and its endless community care program donations and effort to the public, especially to the Bureau of Public Safety.

Thank you.

Palau International Coral Reef Center
Contact: Ines Kintoki
Phone: 488-6950 ext. 244
Email: ikintoki@picrc.com
Press Release
For Immediate Release
Date: 07/25/2017

Photographed left to right: Dr. Yimnang Golbuu, PICRC CEO and Dr. Natsumi Higa, Parliamentary Vice-Minister of the Ministry of Environment.

 

PICRC establishes relationship with Japan’s International Coral Reef Research and Monitoring Center

On July 25th, 2017 Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC) and International Coral Reef Research and Monitoring Center (ICRRMC) of Japan signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the two Centers. The Signing Ceremony was held at PICRC ground.

PICRC’s CEO, Dr. Yimnang Golbuu and Dr. Natsumi Higa, Parliamentary Vice-Minister of the Ministry of Environment, participated in the signing ceremony.  Accompanying Vice-Minister Higa in the signing ceremony were Mr. Naohisa Okuda, Director, Biodiversity and Policy Division of the Ministry of Environment, Ms. Mari Yamazaki, Technical Official, Ministry of Environment, Mr. Koji Matsuo, Secretary to the Parliamentary Vice-Minister, Ms. Mari Sekiguchi, Interpreter, and Mr. Takao Mochida, from the Embassy of Japan here in Palau.

Joining Dr. Golbuu in the signing ceremony was Ms. Geraldine Rengiil, Director of Research and Aquarium, Ms. Mingrang Kloulechad, Director of Administration, Ms. Ilebrang Olkeriil, Development Coordinator, Ms. Anna Parker, Communication and Outreach Officer and Ms. Ines Kintoki, Communication and Outreach Assistant.   Dr. Takashi Nakamura, Chief Advisor of Palau Coral Reef and Island Ecosystem Project (P-CoRIE) and Dr. Seiji Nakaya P-CoRIE Project Coordinator also attended the signing ceremony.

In his opening remarks Dr. Golbuu stated, “We are delighted to officially establish ties with Japan’s International Coral Reef Research and Monitoring Center. Our long and productive relationship with Japan began with the construction of the Center, which was made possible through the Japan Technical Cooperation Program.  Ever since the Center opened in 2001, we have worked with Japan to support and improve the Center.   This MOU represents our intention to continue this fruitful collaboration and work with Japan’s International Coral Reef Research and Monitoring Center for coral reef conservation in Palau, Japan and the region.”

The MOU signifies the shared recognition of the importance of coral reef ecosystems, which are vulnerable to climate change and local disturbances.  ICRRMC and PICRC are both engaged in promoting research, monitoring, public awareness, environmental education and other activities for the sustainability of coral reef ecosystems. With coral reef conservation as a common objective, this memorandum is a mutually beneficial agreement that will enhance cooperative interactions and the exchange of knowledge between the two Centers.

“I happen to have been blessed with the opportunity to see Nikko Bay and I found that this Bay may have the potential power to save the worlds coral reefs.” Vice-Minister Higa expressed during her special remarks. “I have high hopes that this work can be achieved and together we can contribute to conserving the coral reefs in all of the Pacific.”

 

 

 

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