Conservation in Palau

This video is about the Palau Conservation Society.

From BirdLife:

A baseline for conservation and livelihoods in Palau


The Palau Conservation Society (PCS, BirdLife in Palau), together with BirdLife International and other partners, is implementing a project to eradicate invasive alien mammals on the islands of the Kayangel atoll, Palau.

“The restoration of Kayangel Atoll provides an exciting opportunity to not only protect a globally significant site for biodiversity but also demonstrates the value of nature conservation for local people”, said Steve Cranwell – Seabird Programme Manager at the BirdLife Pacific Partnership Secretariat.

Kayangel is a priority site for conservation because of the Important Bird Area on the island of Ngeriungs, home to the Endangered Micronesian Megapode Megapodius laperouse.

The small population of people on Kayangel is highly dependent on their environment and natural resources. Invasive species, particularly rats and mice, spread disease and destroy crops. Invasive mammals also decrease the populations of ground nesting birds such as the megapode, and of other biodiversity such as native lizards and crabs.

What’s it like to raise and care for jellies at the Aquarium? Here.

Palau’s Whale and Dolphin Sanctuary Sets Global Standard: here.

6 thoughts on “Conservation in Palau

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    “Huge amounts of jellyfish have forced the shutdown of nuclear power plants in Japan, already hit by the earthquake and tsunami, Scotland and a coal-powered plant in Israel in the past few weeks.

    “And a sustained explosion in the population of jellyfish throughout the world’s oceans has the potential to be ‘quite catastrophic’ if it is not checked, said jellyfish expert Dr Jamie Seymour from James Cook University in Queensland.

    “[Experts said] global warming, the nitrification of oceans through fertiliser run-off and overfishing have also created the environment for a huge expansion of the animals nicknamed the cockroaches of the sea, studies showed.

    “‘Global warming increases the water temperature. These animals are cold-blooded so the warmer you make it the quicker they grow,” Dr Seymour said.

    “‘An increase of nutrients in the ocean [from fertiliser run-off] increases the amount of algae, so that increases the amount of zoo plankton or little critters, and that’s what the jellyfish are eating.

    “‘The third one is overfishing. So you remove all the fish and all the major predators in the ocean and there’s nothing left to eat the jellyfish.”

    July 11


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