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Seacology Updates - March 2013

Seacology Launches Nine New Projects, Expands into its 50th Country

A community hall in Vanuatu and scholarships for students in Indonesia among the new projects set to begin in 2013.

Antigua and Barbuda (Antigua)
Nature trail signage and informational brochures for Mt. Obama National Park. 

Bahamas (Eleuthera Island)
Infrastructure for Ocean Hole Park.

Chile (Quinchao Island)
Construction of a visitor center for ecotourism and public awareness in exchange for the establishment of a 100-acre reserve to protect critical roosting and feeding habitat of endangered migratory shorebirds for a minimum of 10 years - Curaco de Velez, Quinchao Island, Chiloé Archipelago. (This is our first project in Chile, the 50th country to feature a Seacology project.)

Federated States of Micronesia (Pohnpei)
Community and education center in exchange for a 752-acre marine protected area as a no take zone for a minimum of 10 years - Metipw, Mesihou and Dolopwail, Pohnpei State.

Indonesia (New Guinea)
Full scholarships for seven students in exchange for support of 1,137 acres of critical Leatherback turtle nesting beach for three years - Saubeba, Warmandi and Wau Villages, West Papua. 

Kenya (Kiwayu island)
Construction of a Beach Management Unit (BMU) office, bandas (traditional huts) and a freshwater well in exchange for turtle conservation and establishment of a 618-acre community marine sanctuary for a minimum duration of 10 years - Shimo la Tewa (Cave of the Rockcods), Kiwayu Island, Lamu Archipelago. 

Papua New Guinea (New Guinea)
Managalas Plateau, Oro Province, Papua New GuineaConservation Resource Center in support of the conservation of 889,579 acres of forest for a duration of 20 years - Managalas Plateau, Oro Province.

Philippines (Luzon Island)
Construction of a visitors center in support of a 100.9 hectare (250 acre) no-take zone inside an existing 741-acre Marine Protected Area for a duration of 20 years - Barangay Palaui, Municipality of Santa Ana, Cagayan, Luzon Island.

Vanuatu (Aneityum Island)
Construction of a community hall with two guest rooms and solar panel in exchange the establishment of a 140-acre marine reserve and 127-acre terrestrial reserve for a duration of 10 years - Umetch Community, Aneityum Island.


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Seacology supporters Gordon Firestein and Doris Lang


Donor Profile: Gordon Firestein & Doris Lang

Gordon Firestein and Doris Lang have been Seacology Fellows for ten years and have gone on Seacology trips to the Maldives and the Solomon Islands. Today they live in Maui where they experience the joys of island life on a daily basis. In addition to being avid divers and boaters, Gordon and Doris are farmers, growing tropical fruits, vegetables, and olive trees, and also raising chickens and keeping bees. Gordon and Doris continue to donate at the Seacology Fellows level, but contribute monthly as part of our monthly giving program.

What first got you interested in Seacology?
GORDON FIRESTEIN: Soon after meeting [Seacology’s Executive Director] Duane Silverstein in 2003, we went on a trip with Seacology to the Maldives, which if we had to pick, is our favorite place we have ever visited. The experience of swimming with huge manta rays in the clear, warm water was absolutely unforgettable. 

DORIS LANG: We also saw a project on Kendhoo Island where Seacology built a kindergarten in exchange for an agreement banning the harvesting of sea turtle eggs.

What about the Kendhoo Island project stuck with you?
GF: The quality of the people involved on both sides of the agreement. On the Seacology side, the staff, board members, and field representatives were just a great bunch of people. And on the community side, the warm reception we received on Kendhoo Island was just overwhelming. Seacology had found leaders within the community who were so committed to monitoring the agreement and keeping their end of the bargain.

Why did you decide to give monthly?
GF:  It’s easy – the credit card donations are on autopilot so we don’t even have to think about it. And It spreads the donation out nicely rather than having all the impact in one big gift. Most importantly, we feel like we’re giving it to a great cause.

What is most important to you about Seacology’s work?
GF: We believe that Seacology has found a formula that works and is truly win-win. It’s remarkable how far a relatively modest sum can go towards building  a school or center that would mean so much to the community and would hopefully serve them for generations. It makes you feel that you’re really making a difference.

DL: Like a great circle, Seacology is helping island environments by helping local people, who are the key link to protecting island ecosystems in the long run.

Thank you Gordon and Doris for being such dedicated Seacology supporters! If you would like to join Seacology’s monthly giving program, please contact Development Director Aaron Rashba at (510) 559-3505 or aaron@seacology.org

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Seacology Prize Ceremony - October 3rd, 2013

It's never too early to start thinking about the next Seacology Prize Ceremony! We don't know whom we'll be honoring quite yet, but we know we'll be doing it on Thursday, October 3rd, at the David Brower Center in downtown Berkeley, California. Mark those calendars!

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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.   




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