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October 2021

Micronesia: Little islands, big conservation results

By Simon Ellis Micronesia — literally, “tiny islands” — is a region of the Pacific Ocean that many people in western countries have never heard of. The islands of Micronesia are indeed quite small, but many of them are spectacularly beautiful. They are also home to vibrant cultures and extremely valuable wildlife habitats. And the […]

October 2021

Making a living from — and with — the forest

When big lumber companies look at a tropical forest, they see money. And they know just how to get it: Build roads, cut down and sell the tall trees, and pocket the profit. Many of the island communities that Seacology works with live in intimate connection with forests, and they see something else: a grocery […]

September 2021

Accolades for Seacology

Can we brag a little? Seacology is a small organization, working hard to protect island habitats, and we don’t get the attention given to giant organizations. But the world seems to be noticing our effectiveness, because three new environmental awards acknowledge our work! We’re delighted that our unique, grassroots approach to conservation—and the hard work […]

September 2021

Spotlight on Seacology’s support for coastal resilience in Kenya

The Global Resilience Partnership and UNDRR’s PreventionWeb just published a great profile of our work at Wasini Island, Kenya. Seacology worked with the community there to protect the island’s mangrove and coral reef ecosystems. Local management is making the local fisheries more sustainable, and new rainwater cisterns are improving water security. Here’s some of what […]

August 2021

Saw John Aung Thong of India to receive 2021 Seacology Prize

A committed advocate for the environment and culture of India’s Andaman Islands, Saw John Aung Thong, will receive the 2021 Seacology Prize. Saw John, a member of the islands’ Karen community, exemplifies Seacology’s vision of locally led island conservation. We look forward to honoring him at a ceremony on October 7.  Hundreds of miles east […]

August 2021

Young Dominican athletes lead the way on mangrove cleanups

This spring, generous donors to our Earth Day crowdfunding campaign stepped in to help young athletes across the Dominican Republic follow their dreams. Many young aspiring baseball and volleyball players, who had no access to sports gear, have now received new Seacology-funded equipment and uniforms. And they are becoming not only champions on the field […]

July 2021

Changing community needs drive conservation success in West Java

Every Seacology project conserves island habitat, but the details of each one are different. That’s because we work directly with island communities, and each community has unique needs. Communities come to us because they want to conserve a forest or marine area, and need material help to do it. They decide what they can do […]

July 2021

Mobilizing communities to protect seagrass in the Philippines

The Verde Island Passage, a narrow waterway between the Philippine Islands of Luzon and Mindoro, is widely considered to be the world center of marine biodiversity. At the heart of the Coral Triangle, the passage is home to countless species of fish, invertebrates, and other ocean life. A 2015 survey found more than 100 species […]

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 […]