Seacology Updates - January 2013
Project to help protect endangered lemur species
New Schoolhouse Built In Ambolobozo, Madagascar
Builders in northwest Madagascar finished a new two-classroom schoolhouse in Ambolobozo
, bringing the first sturdy school structure to the municipality. Made with cement and topped with a corrugated roof, the structure marks a major improvement over existing schools in the area, which were undersized, leaking, and falling apart
Ambolobozo is just a few miles from Radama Islands National Park, a recently-established forest reserve home to several rare animal species including the endangered blue-eyed black lemur
. Seacology provided funds for the new school in exchange for the villagers' support in protecting the new park from habitat disturbance like slash-and-burn farming, logging, and hunting.
Cabins On Isla Natividad Almost Ready For Visitors
The cabins on Isla Natividad, Mexico need just a coat of paint before they're ready to be rented to tourists, researchers, and surfers. The island, five miles off the western coast of the Baja peninsula, is home to the primary nesting ground for the black-vented shearwater
bird and also boasts a world-class surf break
. Proceeds will go to supporting the local fishing community on Isla Natividad, which has agreed to protect 1,120 acres of land and sea
on the island’s northern shore.
Dive Spot in the Bahamas Named After Seacology
If you happen to find yourself in a scuba suit at latitude 22.3517 and longitude -073.37841
, dive on down to tour "Seacology Towers," a diving spot named in our honor. How did we pull that off? Last spring, after visiting the iguana breeding facility
on San Salvador Island, a traveling contingent of Seacology supporters joined Explorer Ventures
for a scuba diving trip around the southeastern islands of the Bahamas. This spot, 14 miles west of Mayaguana, had been so rarely visited that it lacked a name, and the honor fell to the group to come up with one. (The "towers" refer to two sections of coral reef wall that form a large gap.)
Underwater Photography Contest Benefits Seacology
The kind folks behind divephotoguide.com
are generously donating to Seacology 15% of proceeds from entry fees for their current underwater photography contest. So if you take underwater photos and want to help Seacology protect island habitats, check out the contest page here!
Entrance fee is $10; submission deadline is February 10th. Good luck!
August 17 - 22, 2013
Spend three days off Guadalupe Island on the Solmar V liveaboard vessel swimming in cages with great white sharks. Seacology helped set up a desalination system on Guadalupe Island that delivers fresh water to a small fishing community.View the trip brochure (pdf) for more information.
April 13 - 22, 2013
Explore some of the richest coral reefs in the world on a luxurious 107-foot liveaboard vessel, relax at a world-class resort, and visit a Seacology project site where solar panels are bringing big changes to one island village. View the trip brochure (pdf) for more information.
June 22 - 29, 2013
Travel with Seacology to the Jean-Michel Cousteau Fiji Islands Resort on Vanua Levu Island for seven nights of water, reef and luxury. Visit two nearby villages (Ketei and Qumusea) where Seacology projects have improved the lives of Fijians while protecting surrounding forests. View the trip brochure (pdf) for more information.