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Support Research at Coral Reef Research Foundation in Palau

You can help support research projects at CRRF, either by making a donation to the general research fund, or specifying a particular project of interest in an email to us at

CRRF is a non-profit organization (501(c)(3)) incorporated in the State of California (TIN 95-4316261) and the Republic of Palau (TIN 011-701-00).  Donations made in either country are tax deductible according to laws of the respective countries.  Receipts will be made for all donations.

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Current Projects You Could Support

Jellyfish Lake, Palau:  Quantifying sunscreen products (washed off from people) in the water of Jellyfish Lake, in the tissue of the golden jellyfish (Mastigias papua etpisoni) and in the food the jellies eat.

The project will investigate links between tourism use of the marine lakes and the environmental health of the marine lake ecosystems. Specifically, we propose to quantify the levels of sunscreen contamination of water and jellyfish tissues in Jellyfish Lake to ascertain whether it may be affecting the health of the jellyfish and the lake in general.

Bumphead Parrotfish Spawning, Palau:  Determining patterns of spawning in the Bumphead parrotfish, Bolpometopon muricatum, in Palau.

Palau has many reef fish spawning aggregations and provides a remarkable opportunity to understand the role these play in the maintenance of fish populations.  As such, we study a variety of species, including this iconic parrotfish, that have aggregations so this knowledge can be applied elsewhere to help foster recovery of highly impacted populations.

Climate Change Research, Palau:  Sea water temperature and tide (sea level) monitoring on the Palau reef tract using Onset HOBO water temperature pro v2 data loggers and HOBO U20 water level loggers.

CRRF has continued its water temperature monitoring program for Palau, started in mid-1999 in the wake of the 1998 coral bleaching event.  In addition to documenting El Niño/La Niña patterns, these instruments allowed us to document the effect of Typhoon Bopha (Dec 2012) on water temperatures in the ocean around Palau. 

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Coral Reef Research Foundation
Box 1765, Koror, PW 96940, PALAU

Telephone: (680) 488-5255
Facsimile: (680) 488-5513