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Contact: Ines Kintoki
Phone: 488-6950 ext. 244
Email: ikintoki@picrc.org
Date: 2/08/18

Last month, an 850 pounds buoy was installed in Ngederrak Conservation Area by Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC), in collaboration with Koror State Government and Korea Institute of Ocean Science and Technology (KIOST).  The buoy is a non-invasive system that takes eight measurements a day of carbon dioxide (CO2), pH, temperature, and salinity. This monitoring system will help increase our understanding of Ocean Acidification (OA), the factors affecting OA, and determine proactive and responsive actions to reduce and minimize its impacts.

In the past two centuries, the acidity level in the ocean has increased by 25%.  No marine environment has experienced a change this great in the past thirty-million years.  Increased acidity in the ocean removes carbonate ions in the oceans, which many marine organisms need to build their shells and skeletons.   As such, the higher acidity is expected to impact ocean life in varying degrees and could have profound impacts on some of the most fundamental processes of the sea in coming decades.   It is likely, however, that the most drastic impact will be felt by coastal communities of small tropical islands because of their dependence on marine resources for food and ecological services such as wave protection.

The government of Korea, through the Korea Overseas Development Aid and the Ministry of Ocean and Fisheries, provided funding that allow for the deployment of the buoy.  KIOST scientists will work with PICRC researchers on the maintenance and servicing of the buoy.  PICRC research staff, Victor Nestor and Dawnette Olsudong are the main researchers collaborating with KIOST scientists.

Palau, as an independent country, joined over 190 United Nations members in selecting Ocean Acidification, as one of the important global indicators of the Sustainable Development Goals.  The installation of this OA buoy and the other OA related research that PICRC is conducting, will help Palau understand how its marine resources are impacted and help develop ways to deal with the increase in ocean acidification.  Data from the OA buoy and OA research conducted by PICRC will contribute to Palau’s ability to report on its local implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.

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

Contact: Ines Kintoki
Phone: 488-6950 ext. 244
Email:ikintoki@picrc.org
For Immediate Release
Date: 01/20/18

 

 

 

Palau government leaders and private businesses join together to set a new fundraising record of over $166,000 for PICRC

 On the night of January 18th, 2018, at the PICRC 17th Anniversary Fundraising Dinner Gala, a new record in fundraising effort in Palau was achieved, when over $166,000 was raised by evening’s end.  This record was made possible because government officials (both national and state level), private companies, as well as many individual supporters came together to make their contribution towards ensuring that marine research and conservation in Palau get as much support as possible.  Dr. Yimnang Golbuu, Chief Executive Officer for PICRC expressed, “We are humbled by this overflowing support by so many people!  We certainly appreciate the extra mile our supporters took to subsidize our marine work and we will continue to do our best to ensure that support to PICRC continues to be a good investment for Palau and Palauans.”

This is one for the record books, where over 300 people came together in a stunning event unlike any other at the Ngarachamayong Cultural Center, to enjoy an exemplary dinner, prepared and served by Elilai Restaurant with entertainment provided by performers Mr. Kendall Titiml and Ms. Kelau Remeliik.

The highlight of the evening was to witness another first in Palau’s history – the awarding of the newly established Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr. Environmental Award to Dirrangerkiu Carol Emaurois, for her achievements and contribution to conservation.  She is a ‘trailblazer’, among the first Palauans involved in many significant conservation milestones in science, education and research in Palau.

While advancing science and protecting biodiversity are also important, PICRC’s main reason behind conservation is to benefit the people of Palau.  This year’s theme, “People First through Conservation” is to remind us that we protect our natural resources first and foremost for our own benefit. This theme was embraced with the presence of the whole Palau leadership, including President Tommy E. Remengesau and his ministers; Speaker of the House Sabino Anastacio and members of the House of Delegates; Senate President Hokkons Baules and other senators, and Vice Chair of the Governors’ Association, Peleliu State Governor Temmy Shmull, and other governors.  The traditional leaders were also present, including Ibedul Yutaka Gibbons and other members of Rubekul Belau and Bilung Gloria Salii, Ngarachamayong and Maibrel.

This year, PICRC Anniversary fundraising dinner was graciously co-hosted by the House of Delegates of the Tenth Olbiil Era Kelulau and Ngarachamayong.   The evening was a night to remember as people truly came together in support of the Center’s efforts to put people first through conservation.

Susan Kloulechad
Branding & Communications Representative III
Palau Visitors Authority
P.O. Box 256
Koror, Palau 96940
Tel: (680) 488-1930/2793
Fax: (680) 488-1453

January 12, 2018

 

PVA TO ATTEND JAPAN FISHING SHOW WITH JAPAN FISHERMEN

 

Palau Visitors Authority (PVA) representatives will travel with Palauan fishermen to Yokohama, Japan this week for the Japan Fishing Show.

Held at the Pacifico Yokohama, from January 19th – 21st, PVA will join over 200 exhibitors who will meet more than 50,000 visitors over the 3-day event. Local sportsfishing tour operators and members of Real Fishermen, a sustainable fishing program from Ebiil Society, will join the PVA booth. In addition to meeting consumers, PVA is also arranging for meetings with popular fishing equipment brands, all for the purpose of promoting sportsfishing in Palau.

Angling is big business in Japan and the fishing public is particularly well-served with some of the best gear manufacturers in the world. The expo will also feature an “Angler’s Idol” competition in which some young female anglers will demonstrate their talents on stage. The show is a collaboration of the Japan Fishing Tackle Manufactures Association, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, the Kanagawa prefectural Government, the City of Yokohama, the Japan Sportfishing Foundation, and the National Fishing Rod Fair Trade Conference.

For more information, please contact PVA at 488-1930/2793.

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

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

For Immediate Release
Date: 01/15/18

 

 

PICRC’s first ever “Environmental Award” will be awarded at 17th Anniversary Fundraising Dinner Gala

On Thursday night, Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC) will celebrate its 17th Anniversary with the Annual Fundraising Dinner Gala.  On this special night, PICRC will present the first ever, Tommy E. Remengesau Jr. Environmental Award”.

 

Last year, during PICRC’s 16th Anniversary, the first and last “Visionary Award” was presented to President Tommy E. Remengesau Jr. for exceptional visionary leadership in conservation in Palau and around the world. That night the “Visionary Award” was retired and in its place, the Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr. Environmental Award was created.

 

This Thursday, the award will be presented to a special person who had demonstrated significant contribution to conservation, management and protection of Palau’s environment in the past few years, or over a lifetime.

 

The call for nominations for the “Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr. Environmental Award” went out on September 21, 2017 and closed on November 10, 2017.  There were 13 nominees for this award.   Nominees were a diverse group of individuals, which included men and women from a variety of agencies and organizations.  Among the 13 nominated, one was selected by PICRC to be the winner of this award.

 

While tickets for this event have been sold out, the evening’s program will be broadcasted, live, by Palau Wave Radio.  PICRC encourages the public to tune-in and join their largest event of the year and celebrate the winner of PICRC’s first ever environmental award.

Contact: Ines Kintoki
Phone: 488-6950 ext. 244
Email: ikintoki@picrc.org
Date: 01/11/2018


Singers Mr. Kendall “Langkach” Titiml and Kelau Remeliik, two of the performers for PICRC’s 17th Anniversary Dinner Gala

That time of the year is here again!  PICRC’s biggest and most prestigious event of the year – their annual Anniversary Fundraising Dinner Gala, will be held next Thursday, January 18th.  While the event is intended to raise funds to support research and conservation work in Palau, it also aims to be a fun and memorable event.  As Dr. Yimnang Golbuu, PICRC’s Chief Executive Officer, expressed, “We want people to come and enjoy themselves, have a good time and know that they are supporting a good cause.”   Dr. Golbuu continued, “While almost everyone has been fixated on the holiday season these past couple of months, we, at PICRC, have been focusing our attention to planning and preparation for this upcoming event.”

To ensure a fun-filled evening, guests will be entertained by two of the most sought-after singers, Ms. Kelau Remeliik and Mr. Kendall Titiml.   A buffet spread of local and international favorites will be prepared by Elilai Restaurant under the culinary skills of American Celebrity Chef, Roy Handler.   To make the evening even more memorable, PICRC has also secured a photographer to take individual and/or group portraits between 6pm-8pm, with a backdrop designed specifically for this 17th Anniversary Gala.  These portraits will be printed, framed and ready for distribution before the end of the event.

Speaker Sabino Anastacio and the House of Delegates will be hosting this year’s event in support of PICRC.  “The work PICRC does on behalf of the Republic of Palau is of the utmost importance to the health and welfare of our people and our environment”, stated speaker Anastacio when he announced that the House of Delegates will co-host the event.

The fundraising dinner this year will be held at the Ngarachamayong Cultural Center and will be broadcasted live by Palau Wave Radio.

Palau Community College
P. O. Box 9 Koror, Republic of Palau 96940
Tchuzie Tadao, Director of Development
e-mail: tchuziet@palau.edu
phone no.: (680) 488-2470/2471, ext. 251, 252, or 253

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Palau Community College Board of Trustees Holds Annual Organizational Meeting Wednesday, January 08, 2018 Palau Community College Board of Trustees held its annual organizational meeting on Monday, January 08, 2018. The Republic of Palau Public Law 4-2, cited as the Higher Education Act of 1992, mandates that members of the PCC Board of Trustees meet each year in order to elect its officers and establish its calendar of regular meetings. During their annual meeting on Monday, the trustees voted the same officers for the 2018 calendar year. Thus, the current officers of the PCC Board of Trustees are as follows: Masa-Aki N. Emesiochl, Chairman; Reverend Billy G. Kuartei, Vice Chairman; Dr. Emais Roberts, Secretary/Treasurer and Student Trustee Eoghan O. Ngirudelsang. Chairman Emesiochl will continue to represent the Board on the three-member College of Micronesia Board of Regents. In addition, the PCC Board of Trustees organized its standing committee. Academic Program Committee – Emesiochl, Peronnel/Finance Committee – Roberts, Facilities – Kuartei, and Student Affairs Committee – Ngirudelsang. All committee include key college officials as Ex-Hoc Members. The annual organizational meeting of the PCC Board of Trustees is held on the second Monday of January of each year.

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