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March 2015 e-Newsletter
In This Issue: New Projects LaunchedSpecies SpotlightSeacology Featured in New BookSave the DateNew StaffTravel: Australia

New Projects Launched

At our winter board meeting last month, Seacology's Board of Directors approved eight new projects, ranging from the Caribbean to Southeast Asia.

“Bottle Bead” women’s livelihood initiative in support of sea turtle conservation

San Salvador Island, Bahamas
Kiosk, signage, and touch tanks in support of the ongoing conservation of the 17,000-acre San Salvador Island Protected Areas

Alejandro Selkirk Island, Juan Fernández Archipelago, Chile
Construction of an environmental education and volunteer center in support of a long-term environmental education program and elimination of invasive plants from a 12.4-acre area

Tafunsak, Kosrae, Federated States of Micronesia
Meeting house and recreational huts, in exchange for a 1,468-acre marine and mangrove reserve as a no-take area in perpetuity

Ant Atoll, Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia
Solar power system for ranger station on Ant Atoll in support of making four marine protected areas, totaling 8,388 acres, no-take zones in perpetuity

Caracol Bay, Haiti
Protection of biodiversity through education and training, sustainable-livelihood initiatives, community-based park ranger training and mangrove reforestation/rehabilitation

Sahang–Pangajid Forest, Borneo, Indonesia
Nut oil processing machine, communications equipment, and construction of a small building, in support of conservation of 247 acres of lowland forest for 10 years in the Pangajid Forest Area, Borneo

Taal Lake, Luzon Island, Philippines (above photo)
Repair and improvement of the Taal Lake Conservation Center in support of a 2,471-acre fish sanctuary

Kimberly Leilani Myers HewlettAt the meeting, the board also elected its newest member, Kimberly Leilani Myers Hewlett. Kimberly brings a wealth of nonprofit and foundation experience, currently serving as Treasurer of the Myers Family Foundation and a board member of the Flora Family Foundation. She is also treasurer and a board member of the National Center for Family Philanthropy and a corporate and foundation relations officer at the Stanford University Medical Center.

We're thrilled to have Kimberly on our leadership team and look forward to working with her as Seacology continues to take on new, exciting projects around the world.

Species Spotlight: Napoleon Wrasse

Known by many common names, such as the humphead wrasse and the Maori wrasse, Cheilinus undulatus is the largest member of the family Labridae, with the species' males measuring up to 6 feet long. Easily identified by the namesake growth on top of their heads, the male Napoleon Wrasse appears in a variety of blues and greens while the females display a range of oranges and reds with a lighter underside. Both are notable for the intricate mazelike pattern along the length of their bodies.

Humphead wrasses are seriously threatened by habitat destruction and overfishing, a particular danger due to the species' slow growth rate (they take up to five years to become sexually mature). While several governments have implemented rules to curb overfishing in recent years, lax enforcement and poaching remain threats to the species' survival. Seacology's work in creating and enforcing no-take zones throughout the Indo-Pacific represents an effective model for protecting this iconic reef species for future generations.

Seacology Featured in New Book

Seacology has been featured in a new textbook, Cases in Innovative Nonprofits. Written by Stanford University scholar and lecturer Bruce Sievers and former Seacology Communications Assistant Henry Jones, the book's 10th chapter describes Seacology's model of trade-offs with indigenous communities, explains the importance of bringing local stakeholders into conservation agreements, why this model is achieving success, and how other groups can learn from what we're doing.

The book is now available at Amazon (please consider shopping through Amazon Smile to support Seacology) and directly from the publisher.

Seacology Travel

Three cabins (for up to two passengers each) remain on our first-ever trip to Australia! Contact us if you'd like to be among the lucky few to sail aboard the 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.
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Save the Date

On Earth Day, April 22nd, Seacology will be making an appearance at San Francisco's Justin Herman Plaza for the annual BART Blue Sky Festival, an event sponsored by our local light-rail agency to promote Bay Area-based nonprofits and companies with a commitment to environmental stewardship. We'll be answering questions about our work, offering some Seacology merchandise, and more. We'll be there from 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Stay tuned for our April e-News and our Facebook and Twitter feeds for more details.

New Staff

This month, we welcome Christina Oraftik as our new administrative assistant. Born and raised in the Bay Area, Christina brings experience from a wide range of fields including linguistics, hospitality, equestrian sports, Indian classical dance, and environmental and social causes. She is very excited to join a nonprofit that works to protect the environment and help local communities.

Christina replaces former Administrative Assistant Melody Settelmayer, who has moved on to pursue a career in graphic design.
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