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January 2022

Solidarity with the people of Tonga

Header photo: NZ Defence Force, CC BY 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons Seacology’s thoughts are with the people of Tonga, who are suffering after the eruption of the enormous Hunga Tonga-Hunga volcano on January 15. The violent eruption covered many of Tonga’s islands with thick ash and created tsunamis of staggering size—up to 50 feet, according […]

December 2021

Pride in parrotfish protects reefs in Mexico

The Gulf of California, also known as the Sea of Cortez, is the narrow waterway separating the Baja California peninsula from the rest of Mexico. Carved off from the rest of the continent by intense tectonic activity, it is one of the world’s most biodiverse seas thanks in part to its varying depth, the rivers […]

December 2021

Looking back on a big year

Dear friends, It was terrific for Barbara and me to watch the online stream of the Seacology Prize Ceremony from our living room, where our first Seacology Prize Ceremony was held for Samoan Chief Ulu Taufa’asisina back in 1992. Chief Ulu had promised his father on his deathbed to protect the Tafua rain forest on […]

December 2021

Bright fans come together to protect dugongs and seagrass

Banner photo © Matt Curnock / Ocean Image Bank Vachirawit Chivaaree, known to his fans as Bright, is a popular young actor, musician, and model from Thailand. He’s also a committed conservationist and has lent his support to several environmental and other causes, both directly and by encouraging his fans to support charities.  We were […]

December 2021

Signs of hope for one of the world’s rarest trees

The threats to endangered species, especially on islands, are often complicated and multidimensional. Invasive species, climate change, and destruction of sensitive habitats all put island species at disproportionate risk. On the other hand, sometimes a simple intervention can go a long way toward preventing an extinction. In the case of our project in Bonaire, a […]

November 2021

Young artists bring some color to record-breaking marine park

When the government of the Cook Islands announced in 2017 that it was creating the world’s largest multi-use marine reserve, Seacology’s leadership immediately started thinking about ways that we could help it be successful. Encompassing the South Pacific country’s entire exclusive economic zone, an area as large as Mexico, the ambitions of the Marae Moana […]

November 2021

High in the Andes, Seacology protects pristine island habitat

Because Seacology works exclusively on islands, most of our projects are pretty close to sea level. Our latest one in Peru is a little different. At an elevation of more than 12,000 feet and spanning the border of Bolivia and Peru, Lake Titicaca is widely considered the highest navigable lake in the world. This massive […]

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 […]