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June 2021

A refuge in the treetops

In the Bay Islands of Honduras, Seacology is protecting some of the Caribbean’s most threatened parrot species—by literally putting them out of the reach of poachers who would steal young birds from their nests. It’s no surprise that these parrots, belonging to a genus commonly known as Amazons, are highly sought-after pets. The bright green […]

June 2021

Sailing for Seacology

In the early morning of June 7, four friends set sail from Port Townsend, Washington on a 360-mile race around Puget Sound. They competed not just for glory but also to raise money for Seacology and awareness of the challenges facing the world’s island environments and communities. We’re happy to report that they finished eighth […]

May 2021

Job announcement: Marae Moana Public Outreach Coordinator

Project: Community support for Marae Moana, the world’s largest marine park Location: Cook Islands Duration: One year with potential renewal option Languages: English and Cook Islands Māori Start date: Immediately Schedule: 20 hours per week (flexible hours) Seacology is a nonprofit organization devoted solely to the preservation of island environments and cultures worldwide. Seacology is […]

May 2021

Seacology’s next big project, youth climate leaders, and more

Having been with Seacology from the start—literally, as the first employee back in 1999 — Karen Peterson has a unique perspective on Seacology’s mission and achievements. She now oversees Seacology’s major initiatives and our projects in East Africa. In a conversation with Alex Coburn, host of the Misguided travel series, Karen talked about Seacology’s origins, […]

May 2021

Doing tourism right

By Ferdie Marcelo Tourism can be both a blessing and a curse for island environments. Beachgoers frequently leave more than just footprints, and what is left behind is far too often passed on for the local islanders to deal with. A recent Seacology project in the Philippines is helping to make such tourism more sustainable, […]

April 2021

Young Cook Islanders gain job skills while helping protect threatened bird

Even in the remote, idyllic Cook Islands of the south Pacific, island ecosystems need active conservation to prevent damage from invasive species, global warming, and other threats. Seacology has worked with communities there for two decades, from our first project promoting ecotourism at an inland lake, to our recent partnership to strengthen the world’s largest […]

April 2021

Seacology returns to Samoa, where it all started

The people of Setāfaō Saipipi Village had already taken meaningful steps to protect their precious coral reefs, but they were thinking bigger. Thanks to a partnership with Seacology, they’ve now greatly expanded their stewardship of this vulnerable marine environment. The village sits on the eastern coast of Savai‘i, Samoa’s largest island. Just offshore, a concentric […]

April 2021

Seacology projects help keep Mexican lobster fisheries healthy

By Marisol Rueda Flores Lobster production is one of Mexico’s most important fisheries, contributing more than 806 million pesos ($40 million USD) to the national fishing sector each year. In the country’s coastal states, we find efforts to preserve all lobster species and secure this valuable, but finite resource for the future. On both the […]

March 2021

Panoramic views help protect Philippine wetlands

Looking out from the new boardwalk along the coast of the Philippine village of Bogtong, one can take in unrivaled views of the expansive, shallow bay. Endangered coral reefs thrive in the clear waters, and the occasional dugong grazes peacefully beneath the surface. To the north, dense, deep-green mangrove trees reach from the water to […]

March 2021

One year in a new world

On March 16, 2020, along with millions of our neighbors in northern California, Seacology’s staff entered a new reality when health officials issued a stay-at-home order. We quickly packed up computers, files, and personal items in our modest Berkeley office and moved daily operations into our homes. None of us expected that we wouldn’t be […]