Seacology News: March 2011 Archives
Seacology Executive Director Duane Silverstein recently joined Seacology supporters on a dive trip in the Philippines. In addition to exploring the Philippines' vibrant coral reefs, they visited a Seacology project on Palawan Island, where Seacology worked with the El Nido Foundation, a local NGO, to set aside 1,317 acres of coral reef and 2,580 acres of mangrove forest. Seacology provided funds for guardhouses, patrol boats, marker buoys, and signs for the new reserve, as well as new equipment for their cashew processing industry, a sustainable alternative livelihood to fishing in the protected area. Learn more about our project on Palawan and recent Philippines expedition in our new video:
As the people of Japan continue to struggle in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear threat, we are relieved to report that all our colleagues in Japan, including Seacology Japan Board Members and our 2007 Seacology Prize Winner, survived the disaster.
With our affiliate office in Japan, Seacology has created a Japanese Disaster Relief Fund to support relief efforts in the country. In the spirit of Seacology, we are working to identify a project where our funds will have the biggest possible impact. We will continue to update you on these efforts as we continue to keep our Japanese partners and the entire island in our thoughts.
Below is a letter from Seacology's Chairman and Founder, Dr. Paul Cox, about this great tragedy. If you would like to support the Seacology Japanese Disaster Relief Fund, you may donate online or by check, with a note indicating that you would like to support the fund for Japan. All donations will be directed entirely towards relief efforts.
From left to right: Seacology Executive Director Duane Silverstein, founding Seacology Japan board member Akemi Yoshida, 2007 Seacology Prize Recipient Kokichi Kariya, Seacology Development Director Susan Racanelli, and founding Seacology Japan board member Akemi Chiba. Photo taken en route to visit Kariya san's project in Fuzawa Village, Japan.