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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 […]

February 2021

A honey of a project saves mangroves in the Dominican Republic

Much of our recent work has focused on mangrove trees or bees, so it was only a matter of time before they joined forces in a project – and in addition to ecological benefits, produced some delicious mangrove honey! In the Dominican Republic, Seacology will support a sustainable beekeeping operation and invest in ecotourism. These […]

February 2021

Sustainable swag supports Seacology

Last month, we were surprised and excited to learn Parlez (“par-LAY”), an English clothing company, had directed a portion of its 2020 profits to Seacology through 1% for the Planet. Parlez, which specializes in menswear inspired by sailing traditions, has made a commitment not only to its own sustainability but also to leveraging its success […]

February 2021

Endangered parrots, turtles, seals just a few of the species a dozen new projects will help

Twelve new Seacology projects, spanning the globe from the Caribbean to Southeast Asia, will protect thousands of acres of sensitive island habitats and threatened species including seals, turtles, and parrots. Explore them all:   Villa Quinchao, Chile. An island community here will protect 240 acres of marine wetland bird habitat. They will further environmental education […]

January 2021

Amid pandemic travel bans, some islands see boom in local tourism

When the COVID-19 pandemic made indoor gatherings unsafe, getting outdoors became more important than ever. With the appropriate precautions, hiking, kayaking, birding, and other exploration of the natural world offer a COVID-friendly escape from the mind-numbing isolation of shelter-in-place orders, travel restrictions, and rules against large group activities. For many islanders, they also provide an […]