04.15.2015 Steven Victor of TNC Micronesia Blogs



We Have All Been Eating Tomorrow’s Fish
By Steven Victor | Opinion | April 13, 2015

I am from Palau, a small island, roughly 160 square kilometers, in the Pacific 
Ocean.  While my island is small, it attracts visitors from around the world to 
experience and enjoy its stunning underwater marine life. We have some of 
the healthiest remaining coral reefs in the world.  See full article here.

04.10.15: Volume 40 of the Official MC Newsletter.

Read the latest from across the region! Click here.

04.09.2015 Throwback Thursday!

Every Thursday this year is Throwback Thursday!

Why? Because the MC is celebrating TNC's 25 years in Micronesia and this could be fun.

To play, visit our Facebook page and post your guess.  And remember to check in every Thursday when a new photo is posted.


03.17.15: Meet CNMI's New Young Champion


CNMI is excited to announce their new Micronesia Challenge Young Champion, Carey Demapan. Carey is a college freshman at the Northern Marianas College studying Natural Resource Management. She will be working with us till the month of September, developing a work plan of her own focused on creating communications and outreach materials for the MC in CNMI – particularly targeting tourists and tour operators, as well as helping out at outreach events. In addition she is now writing our monthly Micronesia Challenge monthly updates! – Welcome aboard, Carey!


Over the month of February the Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality (BECQ) participated in two major community outreach events targeted toward elementary students. Under the lead of their Education/Outreach, and Recycling Coordinator, with the help of our new Micronesia Challenge Young Champion Carey, we engaged a young audience on the importance of proper trash management (including recycling) and the negative effects of marine debris. At these events,BECQ staff managed a booth engaging students in educational games and activities. This included recycling games, an informative watershed model, and a guessing game where participants estimate the life cycle of marine debris.  Children were taught on how to be good stewards towards our environment and natural resources. All of these threats and solutions were discussed as broader ways for community members to engage in activities in their daily lives which can help to achieve the Micronesia Challenge. The first event was the Canary Walkathon on February 7, 2015, which took place on the grounds of San Vicente Elementary School. The event happened on the morning of February 7, 2015.  About 200-300 students accompanied by their friends and parents, participated in this fundraiser for the elementaryschool. The second event was the Whispering Palms School Eco Camp, on February 13. Students from grades 1st through 5th camped out on Managaha, CNMI’s most visited MPA. BECQ staff  had a station interacting with about 40 students over the course of the event.

03.03.2015: Regional Fish 2.0 Business Competition Participants featured by National Geographic Online.

From National Geographic Online:  The Fish 2.0 business competition held a workshop for entrepreneurs from the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), the Marshall Islands, Palau, Guam and Saipan. The workshop was held in Pohnpei with the support of the Micronesia Conservation Trust, IdEA and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation  


Congratulations to all!




02.28.2015: Volume 38 of Official MC Newsletter!

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02.28.2015: Congratulations to PICRC's own, Dr. Yimnang Golbuu

:: PALAU
PICRC's CEO, Yimnang Golbuu, Elected Vice President of International Coral Reef Society!  
story Bob Richmond, PEW



    Pew marine fellow, Yimnang Golbuu, was elected vice president of the International Society for Reef Studies, the largest professional organization for coral reef researchers and managers, on Jan. 30, 2015. Golbuu, who holds a doctorate from Southern Cross University in Australia, is also the chief executive officer of the Palau International Coral Reef Center and the first Pacific Islander to hold an executive position in the society.
    The International Society for Reef Studies has more than 600 members from 70 nations, and publishes the journal Coral Reefs, which is one of the primary sources for research on these ecosystems.
    “Yimnang’s election to this prestigious post is no surprise to me,” said Bob Richmond, another Pew marine fellow and past president of the society, who nominated him. “He is not only a highly productive and respected scientist, but also an excellent communicator who brings a very important cultural perspective to the field of coral reef research and can combine the best of traditional knowledge with modern science.”
    At a time when coral reefs are in decline worldwide, Richmond said that Golbuu’s knowledge and leadership would be of great value in supporting coral reef sustainability. For more, visit International Society for Reef Studies website.

02.27.2015: New MC Regional Coordinator

:: REGIONAL
Welcome to our new MC Regional Coordinator, Rachel Nash! by Lesley Vick

Rachael Nash has been passionate about nature since she was young, and spent as much of herchildhood as possible outdoors, growing up in rural NE Ohio. She holds a B.A. degree in Art, Biology and Environmental Studies from Hiram College, where she spent four wonderful years conducting research, working, and living at the J.H. Barrow Field Station. Taking a break from field biology, she spent time as a naturalist and environmental education instructor before joining the Peace Corps as a Natural Resource Conservation and Development volunteer.
    Rachael was sent to the Pacific Islands in 2005, and first fell in love with Micronesia during two amazing years teaching on the tiny outer island of Fais in Yap State, FSM.  She then moved to beautiful Palau to assist the Bureau of Marine Resources with sea turtle, dugong and crocodile conservation. Returning to Yap, she spent the past five years working for State Government as a grant proposal writer, fundraising for renewable energy, environment, and other community development projects.
    Throughout her time in the islands she now considers home, Rachael has been able to observe firsthand the strong relationship between the people and their environment, and the need for effective resource management.  She is thrilled to have the opportunity to contribute to conservation efforts in her new
role with the Micronesia Challenge.

02.05.2015. POHNPEI. FSM Passes Landmark Shark Legislation

During the final hours in the afternoon of February 4, 2015, the 18th Congress of the Federated States of Micronesia passed a law which amends Title 24 of the FSM Code to include the prohibition of possessing, handling and selling of shark and shark fin in all of FSM’s Exclusive Economic Zone.  With this new shark law, FSM now joins the Republic of Palau (ROP), the republic of Marshall Islands (RMI), US territory of Guam and the Commonwealth of the Mariana Island (CMI) in the effort to protect the declining population of sharks in Micronesian waters.

Photo: Trina Leberer
FSM’s 200-mile EEZ covers a sea area of more than 3 million square kilometers (1.3 million square miles) representing the largest single EEZ among the three eastern Micronesia countries. Combined with the EEZs of the ROP, RMI, Guam and CNMI, whose territorial boundaries intersect, with this new law, protection of sharks in Micronesia represents the largest area of shark protection in the world. This represents an area nearly the size of the continental USA.

As part of a technical working group assembled to draft this new legislation, representatives from MCT, PEW, TNC, and a local private law firm are tasked to work with a selected group of staff from the FSM Attorney General’s Office, Department of Resource and Development, the National Oceanic Resource Management Authority (NORMA) as well as representatives from the fishing industry in FSM. This group now aims to work with the Office of the President of the FSM to ensure that this landmark legislation is signed and enacted into law in the coming weeks.