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Press Release

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




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

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






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.

Ines Kintoki
Phone: 488-6950 ext. 244
Email: ikntoki@picrc.org
January 4, 2018

After unveiling the new display in the aquarium we also presented a newly identified species found here in Palau.

This discovery was a collaboration between PICRC and the University of Ryukyus. To thank Palau and to acknowledge the Presidents role in world conservation, the researchers have named the species Antipathozoanthus remengesaui, after President Tommy E. Remengesau Jr.

Photographed left to right: Hiroki Kise, Dr. James Reimers, President Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr., Chairman Noah Idechong, Wayne Andrew, Minister Elbuchel Sadang, Alfonsa Koshiba, Minister F. Umiich Sengebau, Dr. Yimnang Golbuu, and Hiroyuki Tanaka

On January 4, 2018, Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC) board members and researchers from the University of the Ryukyus, Dr. James Reimer and Mr. Hiroki Kise, presented a new species that was discovered in Palau’s waters to President Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr.  The species has been named Antipathozoanthus remengesaui, in honor of President Remengesau for his contributions to conservation efforts here in Palau and around the world.

Coral reefs, which are widely threatened by rising temperatures, are generally believed to harbour high numbers of species, including many that are undescribed. A new species of zoantharian has been discovered in Palau, thanks to researchers from PICRC, University of Ryukyus in Okinawa, Japan, and Kagoshima University in Kagoshima, Japan.

Despite being previously unknown, this species has been found widely across the Indo-Pacific. Zoantharians, or colonial anemones, include species popular in the pet trade, but this new species is much more cryptic, living in marine caves on black corals. The research was published December 29, 2017, in the open-access journal ZooKeys.

“Much of our work was based in Palau”, expresses Dr. James Reimer, “and we wished to acknowledge the fantastic support we have received from the nation. Palau is considered at the forefront of marine conservation, and much of this is thanks to President Remengesau’s efforts.”


Contact: Ines Kintoki
Phone: 488-6950 ext. 244
Email: ikintoki@picrc.org
Date: 1/4/2018

President Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr. visited the Palau Aquarium on Thursday, January 4, 2018, for the unveiling of our new display. This new display highlights the PNMS and conservation milestones leading up to its establishment.

The exhibit is now open to the public!

On January 4, 2018, President Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr. along with Vice President Raynold Oiluch, and PICRC board members unveiled a new interactive display at the Palau Aquarium highlighting Palau’s conservation milestones and the Palau National Marine Sanctuary (PNMS).

In 2015, the Palau National Marine Sanctuary was signed into law.  This initiative is monumental in world conservation. The PNMS will be the world’s sixth largest sanctuary and is expected to preserve not only Palau’s marine resources, but also the world’s tuna stocks.

To honor this significant landmark in Palau’s history, Palau Aquarium has added a new exhibit. This new interactive exhibit highlights the PNMS and conservation milestones leading up to its establishment.  The display includes a rotating timeline with 12 photos representing conservation initiatives in Palau starting from 1956 with the establishment of Ngerukewid Islands Wildlife Preserve.

Palau has a rich history of conservation. The PNMS is an ambitious plan that will require cooperation and strong partnerships, but protecting our oceans is no longer a choice. In order to defend our way of life, we have to begin by defending our oceans.

Visit the Palau Aquarium today and learn more about the rich history of conservation in Palau and our islands unique underwater world.

Published: Friday – January 5, 2018



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


“IMPAC Tour contributes $400 to PICRC’s 17th Anniversary Fundraising Dinner to be held January 18th, 2018. Pictured from IMPAC are Mr. Jung Sook Hyun, Optional Tour manager and Mr. Isaya Sugawara, General Manager.”


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

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


Photographed from left to right: (Back) Dr. Seiji Nakaya (P-CoRIE), Mr. Hiroki Kabumoto (SATREPS), Dr. Yoshifumi Yasuoka (JST), Ms. Metiek Kimmie Ngirchechol (EQPB), Ms. Reiko Iitsuka (JICA), Mr. Hiroyuki Okuda Tekizaitekisho (LLC), (Front) Dr. Takashi Nakamura (P-CoRIE), Mr. Steven Victor (TNC), Dr. Yimnang Golbuu (PICRC), and Mr. Kazunobu Suzuki (JICA)


PICRC and P-CoRIE received high marks on evaluation

 On September 27th, Japan International Collaboration Agency (JICA) and local experts evaluated Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC) and its partners on their joint project known as the Palau Coral Reef and Island Ecosystem (P-CoRIE) Project. This five year project, now in its final year, received high marks from the evaluation team.

The P-CoRIE Project was launched in 2013 to provide science based recommendations to enhance the sustainability of coral reef and island ecosystems under the impacts from climate change. The project was a collaboration between PICRC, the University of Ryukyus (UoR) and Palau Community College (PCC). It was founded under the umbrella of the Science and Technology Research partnership for Sustainable Development (SATREPS) funded by Japan International Collaboration Agency (JICA) and Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST).

The Joint Terminal Evaluation team was led by Mr. Kazunobu Suzuki, who is the Director of the Global Environment Department of JICA.  Ms. Reiko Iitsuka from JICA, Mr. Hiroyuki Okuda from Tekizaitekisho LLC, Dr. Yoshifumi Yasuoka from JST and Mr. Hiroki Kabumoto from JST also took part in the evaluation.  Joining the JICA and JST team in the evaluation were local experts, including Mr. Steven Victor, Director of the The Nature Conservancy Micronesia, Ms. Metiek Kimmie Ngirchechol, Laboratory Supervisor from  Environmental Quality Protection Board, Mr. Foober Skebong, representing Protected Areas Network Office.

The project was evaluated based off of five criteria: relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, impact and sustainability of the projects achievements after its completion. The project received a “high” evaluation for the project’s relevance and a “relatively high” evaluation for the remaining four criteria.  Mr. Suzuki praised the project for its accomplishments and stressed how impressive these results were in comparison to other SATREPS projects.

Following the evaluation Mr. Suzuki shared the evaluation team’s recommendations, suggesting that partners involved, both Japanese and Palauan maintain a strong relationship following the completion of the project. They further suggested that PICRC becomes a Center of Excellence for coral reef conservation in Asia and the Pacific.  While this project will conclude in March 2018 the research team is fully prepared to continue this collaboration into the future.

Warren Umetaro

For Immediate Release

Press Release SPR 10-25
October 11, 2017
Statement from the President                                                                                                              


Senate Press Release


Section 9 of Article IX (Olbiil Era Kelulau) of the Constitution of the Republic of Palau states that no member of the Olbiil Era Kelulau shall be held to answer in any other place for any speech or debate in the Olbiil Era Kelulau. One however should recognize that the implication and effects of statements made in this and other public discussions can have both a positive or negative influence on policy and public perspective; and thus, such statements must be both accurate and reliable.

Not only on the OEK floor, but any representative of any government agency or enterprise who publicizes personal opinions in their official capacity against anyone, a government agency, or the general population of the Republic without a set of confirmed data or a recognized study of credible experts to substantiate such a statement seemingly becomes a careless, self serving individual making an attempt to politicize and attach oneself to the genuine efforts  of those who not only empathize, but sacrifice and commit themselves toward commendable efforts to assist in the recovery of victims of these crimes.

The Republic must rid itself of crimes against the community. It is distressing, however,  to know that there’s a few out there  who appear to exploit the painful experiences of the vulnerable, only to draw attention to themselves and assure popularity, all in the name of personal political or other gains. Take for example isolated incidents of abuse simply lumped into one and distributed across a population figure to validate the generalized statement.  It must be said with ample clarification of all possible implications.

Possible damage caused from exaggerated statements against an entire population or group may be irreparable. It can undermine established value sets and desecrate traditional and cultural beliefs that life for many is based upon.

Encompassing statements made recklessly can be a demeaning character assassination of both Palauan men and women and can portray our Republic as both uncaring and dysfunctional. This can never be the Republic of Palau that we know; yet unqualified statements as made by any elected or non-elected public official can portray at the very least, a ghastly light on Palau’s respectable reputation that our regional and international friends have come to know.