Palau International Coral Reef Research Center (PICRC) unveiled a new logo reflecting its new mandate under the law that expanded its responsibilities beyond the reefs and inshore marine areas into the new frontier.

RPPL 10-35t asked PICRC “with the responsibility of administering the PNMS through the coordination of research, education and outreach” and re-allocated the funding for the Fisheries Protection Trust Fund from the Pristine Paradise Environmental Fee to PICRC to fund the new responsibilities.

“As the current administrator of the Palau National Marine Sanctuary (PNMS), we needed a logo that represented the entire domain of our work,” stated PICRC CEO Yimnang Golbuu, “our research will no longer focus solely on corals; our new mandate appointed us to protect a much larger expanse of water for the benefit of the people of Palau. From corals to Palau’s entire exclusive economic zone (EEZ), PICRC is now complete,”stated Dr. Golbuu.

PICRC explained its logo saying it “used to be made up of a single triangle that signified a sail, as well as the representation of the letter P, which stands for Palau International Coral Reef Center. At the same time, illustrations of corals and fish were visible on the logo. “Our new logo still uses the symbolism of triangles; but now, we have two: one representing our research on corals and the second representing our work on the PNMS,” stated Golbuu.  “Likewise, the logo is enrooted in Palauan tradition. With four smaller triangles depicted on the side, we wanted to visually represent clams; popular among our storytelling and visible at our traditional Bai. By engraving our culture into our new logo, we wanted to emphasize that PICRC is a Center dedicated to serve the people of Palau.”

This coming January’s celebration of PICRC’s 19th Anniversary, it will highlight this change with a theme “Reaching new frontiers anchored in tradition.”

Dr. Golbuu explained that PICRC’s mandate started at shoreline, to inshore, to the reef and now outside the reef and beyond.  “All areas are connected to shoreline, like our tradition, all of our conservation efforts are tied to our traditional principles,” added Golbuu during the joint leadership meeting last week.

The passage of RPPL 10-35 this year, according to Dr. Golbuu, significantly changed PICRC since its founding in 1999 and challenged PICRC to be “innovative, bold and operate outside its ‘comfort zone’ “.