The oceanographic research vessel MIRAIE, conducting marine plastics research is scheduled to arrive in Palau at approximately 10:30 AM on Tuesday, January 14. The Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC) in collaboration with the Japan-Palau Goodwill Yacht Race, is onboard the Miraie with six Palauan youths participating in the micro-plastics research being conducted on the vessel.

The Miraie departed Yokohama, Japan on December 29 in the launching of the seven yachts racing in the 2019-2020 Japan-Palau Goodwill Yacht Race sailing over 1700 miles to its destination at Malakal, Koror.

The young Palauans onboard the Miraie are Joshua James Maido, Nene Seberongel Ruluked, Momilani Isikl Polloi, Linzy Moky Allen, Imogen Oriana Gaia Pinkney-Baird, and Travis Dui Sakurai and their parents.

“The data that is being collected by JAMSTEC and our youth will be invaluable in helping Palau through a wide range of research activities to address the local and global challenges related to ocean.” says President Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr.

JAMSTEC has conducted research in Palau for over 20 years and has conducted climate observation as well as earthquake and tsunami research.  “We would be happy to share those data with Palau, and we hope that those data obtained by the microplastic collection as well as the lectures we provide for the young Palauans on the Miraie will contribute to promoting understanding of the actual marine environment and further to tackle current environmental and social challenges in Palau and the Pacific” says JAMSTEC.  “Moreover, we look forward for the next Our Ocean Conference in Palau in August, and we are happy to work with Palau to explore potential ways of cooperation towards the Conference. JAMSTEC added. (Contributed)

Find out more about the Palauan students participating and the research at: http://www.jamstec.go.jp/spfo/e/