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Ariel Contreras

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July 2022

Keeping the spotlight on mangrove forests

World Mangrove Day may not be big on your list of holidays, but it’s a red-letter day for Seacology and conservationists around the globe. That’s because mangrove forests are environmental superstars. They cover just a small fraction of the planet’s surface, but are crucial to the short-term welfare of coastal communities and to the long-term […]

July 2022

Saving seagrass in Puget Sound

The San Juan islands lie in the maze of waterways of the Salish Sea in northwestern Washington, just miles from the Canadian border. People from across the country and around the world visit to fish, boat, and observe the iconic orcas (killer whales) that frequent the area. Underlying this ecosystem is a critically important, but […]

July 2022

Seacology director named Sea Hero by Scuba Diving Magazine 

Duane Silverstein, Seacology’s executive director, has been named Scuba Diving magazine’s July Sea Hero! Check out the magazine’s Q&A with Duane about how he discovered his passion for islands, why local communities must be included for conservation to succeed, and how divers can help.

June 2022

Next generation offers hope for vanishing Micronesian mangroves

The more than 600 islands of the Federated States of Micronesia contain breathtaking beauty: dense tropical forests, picturesque waterfalls, and some of the world’s healthiest coral reefs. Spanning nearly 2,000 miles across the western Pacific, the country’s size and isolation have given rise to a diversity of cultures, traditions, and languages.  Luan Gilmete is a […]

May 2022

Reflecting on a record-breaking year of conservation success

In 2021, Seacology launched more new projects than in any previous year in our history and began our latest nationwide project in the Dominican Republic. We achieved these milestones while successfully navigating the global pandemic and through careful stewardship of our supporters’ donations. Look back in our annual report, out now.

May 2022

Vibrant mural celebrates Marae Moana

Landing on Rarotonga, the largest and most populous of the Cook Islands, visitors are treated to an overwhelming array of sights. The shallow turquoise water of the South Pacific gently laps at the shore, jagged mountain peaks covered with lush forest shoot skyward, and palm trees sway in the breeze.  Now, thanks to a partnership […]

April 2022

Pride in mangroves takes root across Dominican Republic

By Karen Peterson Despite the wonders of email, instant messaging, and video calls, there is no substitute for seeing island conservation projects–and meeting the dedicated and energetic people in charge of them–in person. This spring, more than two years after our last trip to the Dominican Republic, Seacology staff members were finally able to get […]

April 2022

Seacology Prize winner: conservation depends on indigenous land rights

Respect for the rights and traditions of indigenous island communities has been at the heart of Seacology’s approach to conservation since our founding project in Samoa. We know that supporting indigenous peoples’ efforts to protect their traditional lands and waters is not only the right thing to do, but effective from a long-term conservation perspective. […]

March 2022

Protecting seagrass has never been more important

Happy Seagrass Awareness Month! Environmental organizations and activists around the globe are putting a spotlight on seagrass in March, hoping to bring much-needed attention to this underappreciated ecosystem. Seagrass meadows cover just a tiny fraction of the planet’s surface in shallow coastal waters, but punch well above their weight in terms of the crucial environmental […]