The Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC) will be conducting several activities as part of the celebration of the World Oceans Day on Saturday, June 8.

PICRC Chief Executive Director, Dr. Yimnang Golbuu, said that an ocean cleanup will be spearheaded by their office to commemorate the World Oceans Day, a global event aimed at informing the public about the impact of human actions on the ocean.

PICRC and Our Oceans are also going to hold a public screening for a movie documentary titled ‘Blue Planet II: Take A Deep Breath’, a British nature documentary series on marine life that debuted on October 29, 2017 and narrated by naturalist David Attenborough. It will be a zero-waste night, meaning, moviegoers will be expected to bring their own water bottle and containers for the free popcorns.

Meanwhile, Dr. Golbuu, when asked about the status of Palau’s marine environment, said that based on their studies and monitoring they had found that the corals are in good condition and are recovering from the 1998 bleaching that destroyed about 41% of Palau’s reefs. He also noted that the East Coast reefs, which were destroyed by typhoons Bopha and Haiyan are still on its way to recovery. (Rhealyn C. Pojas)