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Palau International Coral Reef Center
1 M-Dock Road
P.O. Box 7086
Koror, Palau 96940
Contact: Ines Kintoki
Phone: 488-6950 ext. 244
For Immediate Release
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!
PICRC hires Anna Parker as Communications and Outreach Officer
Anna Parker, a native of the Northeastern United States, has been hired by the Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC) as the Communications and Outreach Officer. As the Communications and Outreach Officer, Anna will ensure that the Palauan people continue to stay informed on the work done at PICRC through working with the PICRC staff to communicate relevant information to the public. Anna will also continue updating the PICRC website and Facebook sites with accurate reflections of the center’s ongoing work. Other aspects of her position will include developing informative materials for the Aquarium and designing educational programs for visiting schools.
Growing up on a small farm, Anna cultivated a love for nature and wildlife at a young age. Her admiration for the ocean first began during her frequent visits to her Grandparent’s in Florida. In 2013, Anna graduated from the University of Colorado with a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology. As an anthropology major she engaged in studying relationships between humans and their environment. After graduating, Anna worked for Mass Audubon’s Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary where she monitored costal water birds and participated in citizen outreach programs. Since then, Anna has continued to stay involved in both environmental research and outreach.
Before coming to Palau, Anna worked for the Trustees of Reservations located on Martha’s Vineyard, an island off of Massachusetts in the U.S.A., as an Assistant to the Engagement Manager. In this role, Anna coordinated different engagement events, created interpretational materials for outreach, and developed public education programs. Prior to this, Anna spent a year in Australia volunteering for Flinders University; where she monitored the Australian Humpback Dolphin and worked as a Dive Master on the Great Barrier Reef. Before living in Australia, Anna interned at PICRC under the guidance of Dr. Alyssa Marshell. During this time, Anna assisted Dr. Marshell by maintaining 15 cages set up in the Ngederrak Conservation Area. These cages were used to study three species of common surgeonfish. Dr. Marshell specifically looked at their grazing impact on algae and coral growth to highlight and quantify the important role these species play in reducing algal growth and promoting coral development. In between working with Dr. Marshell, Anna assisted with other on-going research projects at PICRC and was able to participate with the outreach programs during environmental week. Anna is excited to be back at PICRC and eager to dedicate her time to conservation efforts here in Palau!
(Contact: Ines Kintoki/Phone: (680) 488-6950 ext. 244 / Email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
PCC Board of Trustees Chairperson Masa-Aki N. Emesiochel recognizing the graduates
Nursing Program Graduates taking their oath
Valedictorian Nelson Masang Jr
Commencement Speaker Dr. Gregory Dever
Student Trustee Rdiall L. Tellei introducing Dr. Gregory Dever
Welcoming Remarks by PCC President Dr. Patrick U. Tellei
Invocation by Pastor John Zimmer
Graduates at the 53rd Commencement Exercises of PCC
PCC Music Club – Singing the National Anthem
Substance Abuse Treatment Counseling
San Diego State University
PCC Adult High School Class of 2016
School of Liberal Arts & Sciences
School of Career & Technical Education
School of Business
May 13, 2016
Palau’s President, His Excellency, Tommy E. Remengesau Jr. and the Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC) will have a big part to the play in the upcoming 13th International Coral Reef Symposium (ICRS) to be held in Honolulu, Hawaii from June 19-24. The ICRS is the biggest and most prestigious international meeting focused on coral reef science. The conference is held once every four years.
All of PICRC’s researchers submitted talks for the conference. In addition, PICRC Research and Aquarium Department Head, Ms. Geraldine Rengiil, will be co-chairing a session at the symposium with colleagues from the University of the Ryukyus, Florida Institute of Technology and University of Guam. President Remengesau will open the conference with a keynote address. Also attending the meeting will be PICRC’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Vice President of the International Society for Reef Studies, Dr. Yimnang Golbuu.
The theme for this year’s conference is Bridging Science to Policy. Over 2,000 coral reef scientists, policy makers, and managers from all over the world will be attending the ICRS this year. The ICRS will allow PICRC researchers to present their work and to hear about the findings of other coral reef researchers from around the world. Through this conference, Palau’s local talent and efforts in conservation will contribute to knowledge in the region and on the international world stage.
January 27, 2016
President Tommy E. Remengesau Jr. made a special visit to the Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC) to meet with the Center’s Board of Directors and staff to discuss its 15th Anniversary. During the meeting with the Center’s Board of Directors and senior staff, President Remengesau expressed his confidence that PICRC will reach its $150,000 fundraising goal for 2016.
The Center’s Board and senior management discussed with the President some of the major initiatives of the Center, including its efforts to implement the fundraising plan for 2016 with the goal $150,000. President Remengesau commended the Board on the work at the Center and encouraged PICRC to continue their hard work and dedication because the science generated by the Center will help in relevant policy decisions. He also encouraged the Board to look at all sources of funding, including admissions to the aquarium, gift shop sales and facilities rental in addition to fundraising.
President Remengesau told the Board that he has no doubt that PICRC will reach its $150,000 fundraising goal for 2016. “President Remengesau’s confidence and support to the Center brings much hope and enthusiasm to PICRC Board and staff”, says Mr. Noah Idechong, Chairman of the Board of Directors. President Remengesau has a long history with the Center that dates back to the very beginning. Before the Center was built, he chaired the Palau technical working group that worked with Japan and United States to establish the Center and over the years, he has been unwavering in his support to the Center and the work that they do here in Palau and around the world.
January 20, 2016
On December 24, 2015, the Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC) received a $1,000.00 donation from the Embassy of the Republic of China, Taiwan towards the Center’s 15th Anniversary Fundraising Campaign. The goal of the Fundraising Campaign is to reach $150,000.00 by the end of 2016. PICRC will officially launch its Fundraising Campaign during the Anniversary Gala on January 21st at the Palau Royal Resort.
His Excellency, Harry Tseng, Republic of China’s Ambassador Extraordinary & Plenipotentiary to the Republic of Palau, presented a thousand-dollar check to PICRC’s Development Director, Ms. Ilebrang U. Olkeriil, and pledged to further support by purchasing tickets for the fundraising event next month. The Embassy of the Republic of China is an avid supporter to the Center in many ways and has been a sponsor of the Arts & Tide Calendar since 2012.
In response to this donation, Ms. Olkeriil expresses, ” We would like to thank the Embassy of the Republic of China for this generous donation and for a number of other donations to the Center over the past years. We express our utmost gratitude to the Embassy and his Excellency, Ambassador Tseng, for having contributed to PICRC’s Fundraising Campaign goal. We hope this partnership will continue to grow. The money donated will help move the Center towards greater financial stability as well as help in the efforts of marine conservation and management”.
December 30, 2015
The Palau Pacific Resort (PPR), contributes $5,000 towards Palau International Coral Reef Center’s (PICRC) 15th Anniversary Fundraising Campaign on Christmas Eve December 24th. PPR’s General Manager, Mr. Naoyuki Maedani, presented their generous gift before the annual day of giving as their commitment towards corporate environmental responsibility and as a role model for private and public sector partnership towards sustainability.
PPR’s General Manager, Mr. Maedani expressed that “The Palau Pacific Resort believes in investing in private and public sector partnership, such as with PICRC, for effective marine protected area conservation and management”. PPR is one of PICRC’s established sponsors since the inception of the Center as well a veteran sponsor to the Arts & Tide Calendar, giving $500.00 annually towards this program.
The generous donation by PPR will go towards the 15th Anniversary Fundraising Campaign and will help with the monitoring of the Ngerkebesang Conservation Zone at the resort’s beachfront. PICRC will provide presentations about this Marine Protected Area and about its research efforts around Palau to PPR staff during its staff retreat and training opportunities. PICRC greatly appreciates the support of important partners such as PPR who continue to help support the Center move forward toward financial stability and efforts for marine conservation and management.
December 30, 2015
The Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC) is touched by the donations pouring in from Palauans and tourists alike. The most recent donation comes from Ms. Coleen Sekigawa, a Palauan who currently resides in Hawaii. Her donation was received by the Center in the amount of $125. The donation made will help the Center move towards its 15th Anniversary Fundraising Campaign goal of $150,000 for the year 2016.
The outreach programs that help educate the public as well as the Arts & Tides Calendar that recognizes talented students from schools all over Palau inspired Ms. Sekigawa to donate to the Center. In addition, she feels the Center has a dedicated team that focuses on the research and conservation work in Palau and the region. When asked why she was compelled to donate to the Center, she responds, “I donated simply because I just want to help”.
In response to this donation, Research and Aquarium Department Head Ms. Geraldine Rengiil expresses “ We want to thank Ms. Sekigawa for making the decision to contribute to the Center. Her contribution will help the Center continue to educate Palau’s children, adults, and visitors on how we can enjoy and protect our valuable and unique marine resources. We hope these stories will inspire more people to give to the Center”.
January 4, 2016
As the Palau International Coral Reef Center’s (PICRC) 15th Anniversary draws nearer, the Center has been receiving a number of donations from abroad. Another visitor to Palau, by the name of Ms. Diane Roscoe, donates to PICRC in memory of her dear friend, Ms. Pat Thompson in the amount of $300.
Ms. Roscoe and Ms. Thompson had visited Palau during the summer of 2014 with a group of snorkelers and divers that learned to scuba dive for the first time on the trip. Both ladies enjoyed their visit to Palau and PICRC very much. During their time in Palau, they visited the Palau Aquarium and it seemed to have made an impression on Ms. Roscoe.
The donation made by Ms. Roscoe will go towards PICRC’s 15th Anniversary Fundraising Campaign goal of $150,000 throughout the year 2016. The donations will surely help the Center’s efforts in research and education of coral reef conservation and management that will help fund long term coral reef monitoring efforts and outreach programs to schools and the community.
“Donations of any amount made by locals or from abroad is welcome by the Center. There is no such thing as a donation that is too small or too large” says PICRC’s Business Manager, Ms. Mingrang Kloulechad. “Every donation will help in the efforts of the Center. We would like to thank all those who have donated to the Center over the past years and encourage all to help support the Center. We would also like to thank Ms. Roscoe for her generous and heartfelt donation. The Center will gratefully receive the donation in memory of Ms. Pat Thompson.”
January 4, 2016
The Palau International Coral Reef Center’s (PICRC) Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Dr. Yimnang Golbuu was recently appointed by President Tommy E. Remengesau, through Presidential Executive Order 383, to serve as a member of the Palau National Marine Sanctuary (PNMS) Executive Committee. In responding to the appointment by President Remengesau, Dr. Golbuu stated, “It is an honor for me to be part of such a bold and historic initiative that has inspired not only the people here in Palau but from all around the world. I am committed to working with all the members of the Executive Committee, the Executive Director of PNMS Office, Mr. Keobel Sakuma, and all the relevant stakeholders to ensure that Palau fully benefits from the PNMS, including conservation benefits, fisheries and food security benefits, improved surveillance and enforcement, and improved marketing and tourism.”
Other members appointed through Presidential Executive Order 383 include Vice President and Minister of Justice Antonio Bells, Minister of Finance Elbuchel Sadang, Minister of Natural Resources, Environment and Tourism F. Umiich Sengebau, Rubekul Belau representative, and the Executive Director of the PNMS Office, Mr. Keobel Sakuma. President Remengesau will appoint six additional members, three of whom will be coming from legally recognized marine resource user organizations, while the other three will have expertise in areas needed to effectively manage PNMS.
With the Center’s niche in scientific research and monitoring, it is fitting to see the Center play a more active role in the management of the PNMS. The experience of PICRC with the research on Marine Protected Areas and the Protected Areas Network, as well as the vast contacts with the scientific community, will be relied on to help with the implementation of the PNMS, especially when it comes to the science and monitoring aspects of the PNMS.
January 8, 2016