Prize Ceremony Recap, a Successful Tonga Excursion, New Ways to Support Seacology, and More!
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October 2014 E- Newsletter
In This Issue: Honoring a Kenyan Conservation LeaderSeacology Expedition Visits TongaMadagascar Bridge RepairedA New Way to Support Us in OctoberTravel: KenyaTravel: AustraliaSave the Date, Save the OceansSeacology and Amazon Smile

Honoring a Kenyan Conservation Leader

On Thursday, Seacology staff, board members, and dozens of supporters gathered at the David Brower Center in Berkeley, California, to recognize the truly remarkable accomplishments of "Professor" Ali Shaibu Shekue. Our 2014 Seacology Prize winner, Shekue sets an inspiring example of Seacology's mission to unite community and environmental needs. Shekue's leadership among local fishermen has helped to launch six marine protected areas in Kenya, and 14 more are currently being developed.

"I thank Seacology for recognizing us, accepting us, guiding us, and now awarding us for our effots and determination," Shekue told the audience after accepting the award. "This award will encourage our youth to participate in conservation efforts and practices for the benefit of all generations."

Visit our website to view a slideshow of photos from the event and watch our video profile of Professor Shekue.
Image © Thomas Baechtold

Seacology Expedition Visits Tonga

"Incredible!" "Amazing!" "OMG!" There are just some of the reactions a few lucky travelers had to the experience of swimming with a pod of Humpback whales in the waters off Tonga.

In August and September, a group of Seacology supporters joined members of our staff and Board and embarked to the south Pacific archipelago. From their home base aboard the luxurious NAI'A, the group spent more than a week swimming with the massive, inquisitive cetaceans before visiting 'Uiha Island and our project site at the village of Felemea. There, crews had just finished rebuilding the Seacology-funded community center destroyed by a devastating cyclone earlier in the year (the new center can be seen at the top of this newsletter).

Seacology has partnered with the Felemea community since 2010, where we refurbished the original community center in exchange for the protection of 368 acres of marine reserve.
Image © Thomas Baechtold

Madagascar Bridge Repaired

Footbridges are essential but often-overlooked pieces of infrastructure in many island communities. For instance, in the rugged terrain of Antsahaberaoka, Madagascar, parts of the village were divided during heavy rainfall by a large river. In 2012, Seacology launched a project—which also included rebuilding a deteriorating school facility—to bridge that gap with a 40-meter steel, concrete, and wooden bridge to connect students to their new place of learning. In exchange, residents of the village agreed to leave undisturbed almost 5,000 acres of the adjacent Marojejy National Park, home to the silky sifaka, a critically endangered species of lemur.

Earlier this year, our field representative for Madagascar reported some minor damage to one of the concrete pylons supporting the bridge. Standing behind our work, Seacology quickly wired funds to fix the cracked structure We're happy to report that the masons have since completed the repairs and the bridge is now being utilized daily by Antsahaberaoka's residents.
Image © Thomas Baechtold

A New Way to Support Us in October

Throughout the month of October, Seacology and DollarPerMonth.org are excited to offer you a new, fun, and inexpensive way to show your support for our work and donate to support it. Dollar Per Month has selected us as one of three nonprofit groups to compete for a pool of funding supplied by their members. At the end of the month, the pool will be divided up among the three groups based on the number of votes each receives from Dollar Per Month members. Anyone can become a DPM and cast a vote for as little as—you guessed it—a dollar per month. So if you would like to help us take the winner's share of October's donations and support other great organizations in future months, click here to sign up at Dollar Per Month, and then cast a vote for Seacology!

Join Us in Kenya
July 24-August 2, 2015

Seacology invites you to join us for a once-in-a-lifetime safari to Kenya, where 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. You'll also have a chance to meet our 2014 Seacology Prize winner and see some of his successful work close-up!

What's more, Seacology and our partners are pleased to offer a $150 discount if you book your spot by July 25. For more details, view the trip brochure here.

Australia Trip Sold Out, But...
June 27-July 5, 2015

First the bad news: We just sold the last reservation for our first-ever trip to Australia, where guests will swim with Minke whales, dive the Great Barrier Reef, and enjoy the exquisite service aboard the Elizabeth EII.

However, the trip is still almost a year away, and we often get cancellations as our guests' plans change, so if you're interested in joining us on this rare opportunity, we encourage you to sign up for our waitlist, and you'll be the first to know if a spot opens up.

More details can be found in our trip brochure.
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Save the Date, Save the Oceans

On January 20, The Ocean Campaign, with help from the Tides Foundation, is kicking off an exciting and much-needed new initiative for ocean conservation, and Seacology is a direct beneficiary! The event at New York City's swanky Capitale, will bring together top-notch entertainment acts to raise funds to support an upcoming Seacology project and help kickstart a global "blue" movement, aimed at expanding marine protected areas, replenshing fisheries, and. You can learn more about The Ocean Campaign in this video and RSVP for this inaugural event here.

What Did You Buy?

Did you know you can support Seacology just by shopping at Amazon? By using the Amazon Smile program, you can donate a percentage of your purchases at no additional cost to you! Simply go to smile.amazon.com, search for Seacology as your preferred charity, then shop as you normally would. Send us a picture or description of what you bought there, (to newsletter@seacology.org) and we'll give you a shout-out in a future newsletter and on our Facebook page!
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