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Schoolhouse in Ambolobozo, Madagascar


New Schoolhouse Built In Ambolobozo, Madagascar

Project to help protect endangered lemur species

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, Mexico

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.
 


Seacology Towers

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!



Seacology Travel


Cage diving with great white sharks in Mexico
Mexico
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.
 


Amanpulo Resort in the Philippines
Philippines
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.
 


Jean-Michel Cousteau Fiji Islands Resort, Vanua Levu Island
Fiji
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.   


Fam Island, Indonesia

Indonesia
Fam Island

Sea Sanctuaries Trust reported on Facebook that a crate of solar-powered lights hard arrived and was awaiting transportation via a liveaboard dive boat to Fam Island, where it will be installed in a junior high school in Pam Village. We collaborated with Sea Sanctuaries Trust on this project (which also involves the building of a guard-post / lookout tower) in exchange for the support of two newly-created no-take marine areas totaling 143,000 acres. Known for its exceptional marine biodiversity, these areas are often sites for illegal blast fishing, which is damaging to underlying coral reefs..


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