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

Press Release
Contact: Ines Kintoki
Phone: 488-6950 ext. 244
Email: ikintoki@picrc.org
For Immediate Release
Date: 05/17/2017

Blue Bay Petroleum Incorporated supports PICRCs Summer Internship Program

 Last year, as a result of Palau’s 2016 Year of the Youth Small Grant Scheme, the Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC) received a grant from the Government of India to support PICRCs Summer Internship Program. The program, focusing on building science and environmental capacity in Palau’s youth, was incredibly successful among the eight Palauan interns who joined PICRC. Now, to continue this program, PICRC has received a donation of $5,000 from Blue Bay Petroleum Incorporated.

Blue Bay has been a supporter of many programs relating to the environment, sports, culture and the arts, and have continued to be a supporter for PICRC. Year after year , they have donated to our Arts and Tides Calendar, and fundraising events. “Blue Bay is excited to be part of this year’s PICRC Summer Internship Program and to be able to support participating students’ learning experience”, stated the Sales Station Manager for Blue Bay, Ralph Moses, “We wish them all the best and we hope to see them soon here in Palau in the future”.

The Summer Internship Program allows high school and college students the chance to gain research experience and build employable skills relating to marine research and resource management. Additionally, the program provides students the opportunity to work closely with a mentor on a variety of topics relating to conservation. Through this internship, students develop a network of long-lasting professional contacts for their future careers.

These internships are as valuable to PICRC as they are to the students. New interns bring new energy and fresh ideas to the Center and in return, we provide them with a chance to work towards a career in the field of conservation. PICRC researcher, Victor Nestor, started as an intern back in 2007 and returned as a researcher after completing his Bachelor’s degree in 2012. Now, Mr. Nestor has a Masters in Marine Science from the University of the Ryukyus (UoR) in Okinawa, Japan. “My internship at PICRC helped me narrow down my educational interests,” Mr. Nestor commented on his internship with PICRC. “I’m very grateful for this program that has lead me to two degrees and a career in marine biology”.

The Summer Internship Program would not be possible without Blue Bay’s  generous contribution and we are incredibly grateful for their continued support.

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

Press Release
Contact: Ines Kintoki
Phone: 488-6950 ext. 244
Email: ikintoki@picrc.org
For Immediate Release
Date: 05/09/2017

Ms. Rubie Gabriel studies coral recovery at Despedall for her internship with PICRC

 Ms. Rubie Gabriel, from Palau Community College (PCC), has completed her internship with the Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC).  In the past three months Ms. Gabriel has been working for PICRC to complete her internship and field study course, two requirements for PCC. During her time at PICRC Ms. Gabriel interned under the guidance of PICRC Researcher, Marine Gouezo.  She conducted her research on coral recruitment rates on the outer reefs of Palau following typhoon Bopha and Haiyan.

On Thursday, May 4th, Ms. Gabriel concluded her internship with a presentation on her research project that she presented to PICRC and PCC staff along with PCC classmates.  Through her research, Ms. Gabriel found coral recruitment is much higher on the western outer reefs than it is on the eastern outer reefs. Ms. Gabriel determined coral recruits are in competition with bryozoans, a type of marine invertebrate, and if the eastern reefs do not receive enough coral larvae they will be outnumbered by these highly competitive invertebrates.

Ms. Gabriel is currently completing her degree with PCC in Environmental/Marine Sciences. Upon graduating, Ms. Gabriel will go to Hawaii where she has been accepted as an intern for a Research Experience for Undergrads (REU) program through the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.  This is a great opportunity that will offer Ms. Gabriel even more hands-on experience and provide an excellent transition in to college.  In the coming fall, Ms. Gabriel will begin a four year degree in Biology at Eastern Oregon University.

PCC President, Dr. Patrick U. Tellei, presented a $1,500 check to PICRC for hosting Rubie over the past three months.  We are very grateful for our longstanding relationship with PCC and fortunate to work with their motivated students, aspiring to make a difference. We hope together we can have a lasting impact on these students and inspire them to return to work in Palau one day.

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

Press Release
Contact: Ines Kintoki
Phone: 488-6950 ext. 244
Email: ikintoki@picrc.org
For Immediate Release
Date: 05/08/2017

PICRC bids farewell to four Career Practicum Program Interns

Palau High School (PHS) seniors, Ms. Fran Jean Dilungil Shiro, Ms. Chelsea Bekelatk Daniel, Ms. Michella Deureng Mutok and Ms. Briana Jade D.N. Takada have completed their internship with the Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC). These four students began their internship in January as part of the PHS Career Practicum Program. During their three months interning with PICRC, the students assisted in the aquarium, worked in the gift shop, and contributed to Communications and Outreach and the Development Office.

To conclude their internship Ms. Shiro, Ms. Daniel, Ms. Mutok and Ms. Takada put together a movie to share their experience and thank the staff. “Based on our experiences, we have learned about teamwork and cooperation”, the girls expressed in their video. “This will be an unforgettable memory we will hold dear as we embark on our journey.”

PICRC recognizes the importance of internship programs. For students preparing to start the next phase of their life, internships help prepare them. Through the internship program, interns are able to gain valuable work experience. PICRC hosts interns throughout the year, to give them needed job experience, and to help inform them on what paths they may want to follow.

PICRC is deeply grateful for these students’ commitment and hard work over the past three months. We will miss their contagious energy and spirit, and we wish them luck as they embark on their journey.

“This week officials from the Taiwanese Navy and the Taiwanese Embassy visited PICRC for a tour of the Palau Aquarium.

From annual donations for the Arts and Tides Calendar to a generous donation of $400,000 for the Tommy E. Remengesau Jr. Building and more, the Taiwanese government has continued to be one of PICRC’s biggest supporters. We are grateful to have such dedicated supporters and delighted to share with them the aquarium they are helping to support.”

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

“On April 26, President Remengesau, Vice President Oilouch and all Ministers met for a cabinet meeting at the conference room of the new Tommy E. Remengesau Jr. Building. It is a great honor for PICRC to have the President and his cabinet opened the doors to the new conference room and now the conference room is open and available for rent for any persons, companies or organizations. For questions and reservations, please contact Joy Shmull Sam at 488-6950 or email to jshmull@picrc.org.”

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

Press Release
Contact: Ines Kintoki
Phone: 488-6950 ext. 244
Email: ikintoki@picrc.org
For Immediate Release
Date: 03/30/2017

Palau’s resilient reefs bounce back after being hit by numerous disturbances over the past 20 years

A report by the National Environmental Protection Council (NEPC) of the Government of Palau was released earlier this month on the State of the Environment (SOE) for the Republic of Palau. This was the first self-reported assessment of Palau’s environmental conditions since independence. The Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC) contributed to this report by providing information on coral reefs and fish populations.

The SOE report highlighted the resilient nature of Palau’s reefs, even after major disturbances, but it also recognized the threats our reefs continue to face such as overfishing, sedimentation and Climate Change.  Another highlight of the report was the decline of fish populations and how we need to do more to manage our fisheries.

One of PICRC’s main goal is to conduct research and educational activities that contribute to coral reef conservation and management.  “We are delighted to contribute to our government’s effort to assess the State of the Environment”, states Dr. Yimnang Golbuu, CEO of PICRC.  The SOE report is a good vehicle to share the work of the Center to government and management authorities so they can make informed management and conservation decisions. We are grateful towards NEPC for releasing a cohesive report on Palau’s environment that acknowledges where management is effective and where additional effort is necessary.”

For more information about the State of the Environment Report, please contact Charlene Mersai at the NEPC Secretariat Unit at charmersai@gmail.com or call 767-8638.   For more information about PICRC’s research, please contact Ines Kintoki at e-mail ikintoki@picrc.org or call 488-6950.

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

Press Release
Contact: Ines Kintoki
Phone: 488-6950 ext. 244
Email: ikintoki@picrc.org
For Immediate Release
Date: 03/30/2017

2018 Arts and Tides Calendar Winners

The Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC) held its 2018 Arts & Tides Calendar Awards Ceremony on Friday, April 28th. The theme for the Arts and Tides Calendar 2018 is “Taro Fields Protect Coral Reefs”. Results from a study conducted by PICRC showed taro fields not only provide a staple crop for Palauans, but also protect our reefs by reducing the amount of sediment that flows into our oceans. This contest has remained a tradition since PICRC opened in 2001, and continues to raise awareness on the on the work done at the Center. In addition to the theme, the calendars feature local tides, moon phases, closed and open fish seasons, information on regulated marine species, and national holidays.

For the 2018 Arts and Tides Calendar PICRC would like to congratulate the runner up winners of the calendar art contest: Kyrala Wataru (Grade 1, GBH), Frank Idesmang (Grade 2, GBH), Kan B. Umang (Grade 3, Koror), Ancyl Joseph Montel (Grade 4, Maris Stella) Shenaya Umei Ramon (Grade 5, Maris Stella), Sean Angelo Napil Maluchluw (Grade 6, Koror), Arenka Ayanna Filibert (Grade 7, Maris Stella), Aliyah Tadao ( Grade 8, AES), Chiarra Daniel ( Grade 9, PHS), Aksarawadee Mesa Kunsanan (Grade 10, BMS), Ji Eun Ha (Grade 11, PMA), Janine T. Tewid (Grade 12, MHS). All of the runner up artwork will be featured on the backside of the calendar. Each of these students will receive a $50 cash prizes and a certificate.
We would also like to congratulate the first prize winners of the art contest: Tiara Teruko Inosencio (Grade 1, GBH), Faith E. Remarii (Grade 2, Ngaremlengui), Jowenna Augustine (Grade 3, GBH), Mcdeevon Shiro (Grade 4, Ngaremlengui), Emi Yonezawa (Grade 5, Maris Stella), Zanna Ise (Grade 6, Koror), Tasarla M. James (Grade 7, Airai), Zachariah T.B. Charles (Grade 8, Koror), Kazumi Chibana (Grade 9, PMA), Ailan Flowers (Grade 10, PMA), Dylan Tellei (Grade 11, PMA), Emeraldil Renguul (Grade 12, PHS). All first prize artwork will be featured inside the calendar, with each grade representing one calendar month. Each of these students will receive a $75 cash prize along with a certificate.

Finally, we want to congratulate the overall winner of the 2018 Arts & Tides Calendar Ms. Da Yeon Han (Grade 11, PMA)! The overall winning art work will be featured on the front cover of the 2018 Arts & Tides Calendar and Ms. Han will receive a $100 cash prize along with a certificate!
Thank you to all who participated. The judging is never an easy task, and we encourage everyone to continue submitting their artwork in the following years. We would like to give a special thank you to our supporters who throughout the years have continued to make the Arts and Tides Calendar possible. It is with the support of our generous donors that we are able to continue this tradition!

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