View of Ngermid Bay from G.A.U. Mechang Lagoon Resort
Ngermid Bay had drawn attention on a global scale for its unique environment. On December 9th 2017, researchers from Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC) and Palau Coral Reef and Island Ecosystem (P-CoRIE) Project presented findings from studies conducted inside the bay and to members of Ngermid community. PICRC researcher, Marine Gouezo and Victor Nestor, presented along with P-CoRIE Chief Advisor, Dr. Takashi Makamura and P-CoRIE researchers, Dr. Haruko Kurihara and Hiroke Kise.

The Bay around Ngermid has little connectivity to the outside. With an unusually low PH level, one predicted for the end of this century, and water temperature reaching above average, the bay should be a death sentence for most corals. Astonishingly, what has been observed inside Ngermid Bay is the opposite. 

Corals in Mechang Bay, Ngermid
Corals in Mechang Bay, Ngermid
The corals found inside Ngermid Bay is not only surviving, but thriving. Amongst an abundance of corals, the bay additionally host an array of genetically unique organisms. A study conducted by PICRC, indicates that corals within the bay have been isolated for so long, that these communities have adapted to flourish in such an environment. Additionally, results fron PICRCs long term monitoring showed there to be little impact inside the bay following the 1998 bleaching event.

while these corals prove to be resistant to high water temperatures and low PH levels, there are vulnerable to land based pollution and have very low recruitment rates. Excessive stress may result in a loss of this unique coral reef. As the world's oceans continue to warm, these resistant corals may provide information valuable to the survival of coral reef worldwide. 

View from G.A.U. Mechang Lagoon Resort
It is critical this research is made public so it can guide local management. With this information the community can focus their management on minimizing human impacts. PICRC would like to thank the Ngermid community members and Legislator armstrong Debelbot for their help in organizing the community meeting.

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