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August 2014 E- Newsletter
In This Issue: 2014 Seacology Prize Winner AnnouncedChecking In on Mahe IslandExpanding Protection in FijiKeeping the Lights OnShop Online, Save an IslandWe "Like" This MilestoneTravel: AustraliaTravel: Kenya

Seacology Prize Winner Announced

We're pleased to announce to our e-News readers that Seacology has picked Kenya's Ali Shaibu Shekue as the recipient of the 2014 Seacology Prize. A longtime activist on behalf of Kenya's indigenous fishing community, Shekue has been a passionate and effective Seacology partner in that nation.

We'll be honoring Shekue at the 2014 Seacology Prize Ceremony which is, as always, free and open to the public in Berkeley, California. If you'd like to attend and join us in celebrating this inspiring conservation leader, please RSVP online as soon as possible.

Checking In On Mahe Island

Peter Pistor of our affiliate, Seacology Germany, makes a point to visit our project sites when traveling. Last month, he and his wife, Zina, were vacationing in the Seychelles and paid a visit to Mahe Island, where Seacology has been working with local NGO Nature Seychelles to retrofit an educational center that hosts a growing number of visiting students each year.

Peter was very impressed by what he saw as he and Zina toured the site with a local biologist.

"We were quite happy to experience that this Seacology project is making a difference," Peter said, praising the reliability and trustworthiness of our Nature Seychelles partners.

Click here to read more about the project and view some of the photos from Peter and Zina's visit.

Greater Protection in Fiji

Fiji's Nanuca Village, on the island of Vanua Levu, has already been working to manage its marine resources for the past couple of years, officially establishing two no-take marine protected areas (known as tabu in Fijian) in 2012. Seacology has seized upon this momentum and agreed to fund a new community center for Nanuca in exchange for extension of the village's management of the 1,342-acres of protected reef and mangroves for the next 15 years.
 

Keeping the Lights On

The Philippines' Sibuyan Island is home to some of the world's densest forest and several rare, endemic plant and animal species. In June, Seacology struck a deal with the island's Mangyan tribe, who reside at the foot of Mount Guiting-Guiting, to safeguard almost a quarter of this pristine landscape, which has come under increasing pressure due to illegal logging.

The community has long struggled to meet its electricity needs and is concerned that the continued deforestation in Sibuyan's important watershed will impact the performance of the island's micro-hydro power station. Seacology's plan to supply the villagers with dozens of solar lighting units—one for each household—in exchange for active protection of the forest, will both mitigate the strain on the area's power system and protect much of the threatened forest. The project, generously underwritten by our affiliates at Seacology Germany, represents a true win-win.

Read more about the project here.

Seacology Travel: Australia

Our first trip to Australia next summer is almost sold out! Contact us if you'd like to be among the lucky few to sail aboard the luxurious Elizabeth E II while you dive the northern edge of the Great Barrier Reef and swim with playful Minke whales. This is an experience not to be missed. Read more about this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity in our travel brochure.

Seacology Travel: Kenya

We still have a few spots left for our Kenya trip next summer! Visitors will enjoy two nights at the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, have a chance to witness the Great Migration at Maasai Mara, and visit Wasini Island, where Seacology has worked to protect expansive mangrove forests in exchange for key improvements in the island's water infrastructure. Check out the travel brochure for more details and information on how to reserve your spot.
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