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September 2021

Seacology director named Ocean Hero

We’re excited and honored that our Executive Director, Duane Silverstein, has been named an Ocean Hero by The Salty Hands! The Canada-based organization promotes solutions that support ocean regeneration and spotlights individuals leading the way for healthier oceans. Here’s some of what they had to say. “Inspiring leaders have a profound influence on the organisations […]

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 […]

June 2021

Mangroves, coral reefs, and seagrass: new projects focus on key island ecosystems

New Seacology projects will support three kinds of ecosystems that are crucial to maintaining and restoring the health of the world’s oceans: mangrove forests that protect coastal villages, provide wildlife habitat, and store carbon seagrass meadows that feed and shelter manatees, turtles, and many more species coral reefs that teem with life when they’re healthy […]

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, […]