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Traditional Palauan Practices Support Healthy Coral Reefs

A new study has demonstrated what Palauans have known for millennia—cultivated wetlands, in particular taro (Colocasia esculenta) fields, can control soil erosion and reduce the impact of watershed discharges on nearshore coral reefs. Taro fields in Palau are designed with embankments that allow a steady flow of water through the field, using the taro plants […]

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Palauan Researcher Receives Prestigious 2013 Pew Fellowship

The Pew Charitable Trusts organization recently awarded Yimnang Golbuu, CEO and Chief Researcher of the Palau International Coral Reef Center a 2013 Pew Fellowship in Marine Conservation to assess the connectivity of marine protected areas in Palau.  PICRC researchers and colleagues developed a hydrodynamic model to track coral and fish larvae as they move through […]

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New Interactive Map Highlights America’s Coral Reefs

A new interactive map, “Mapping America’s Coral Reefs,” gives casual observers an engaging overview of  the nearly 3 million acres of sea floor habitat mapping data produced by the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science and its partners. This “story” map complements a recent report summarizing NOAA shallow-water coral reef mapping outcomes and results, which […]

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Community Efforts to Protect Coral Reefs Gets Financial Backing

The National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science’s Regional Ecosystem Prediction Program on Coral Reef Ecosystem Studies (CRES) has awarded $200K to the University of Hawaii at Manoa Kewalo Marine Laboratory to address the effects of land-based sources of pollution on coral reefs in the Pacific. The money will fund the first year of a five-year, […]

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Benthic Habitat Maps Support Development of Biological Monitoring Program in Palau

Digital maps of Palau’s seafloor and coral reef habitats recently completed by National Centers for C0astal Ocean Science researchers will serve as a key piece in establishing a biological monitoring program in Palau. This product will support Palau in meeting the goals of the Micronesian Challenge, a call on Micronesian nations to conserve 30 percent […]

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Final Field Phase of Palau Benthic Habitat Mapping Project Complete

NCCOS conducted the final field phase of a project designed to provide resource managers and scientists in the Republic of Palau with digital maps and information about the Republic’s shallow-water habitat, for use in resource planning and management activities. During the field operations, February 5-23, 2006, scientists validated maps produced from satellite imagery by assessing […]

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