Save the Date for the 2014 Seacology Prize Ceremony!
We are excited to announce that this year's winner is ‘Professor’ Ali Shaibu Shekue from Kenya. Though not a professor in the literal sense, Shaibu Shekue is recognized nationally for his knowledge and skill related to artisanal fisheries. He is among the few remaining old fishermen and throughout his lifetime, he has seen the loss of traditional fisheries management practices and witnessed people being dispossessed from their fishing grounds. Shekue observed a resulting drastic decline in fisheries resources, the destruction of habitats and an increase in illegal fishing activities.
Rather than remaining silent, he began working to mobilize local communities. As a result of his efforts, in 2002 the first community-managed marine protected area in Mkokoni, Kiunga marine national reserve was created. Shekue’s oratory skills and unmatched knowledge of the local fisheries gave him distinct advantage when talking to communities and he has since been appointed to various positions including as the Chairman of the Kiweni Project Implementation Committee, which is in charge of a Seacology-funded community marine protected area. He also edits and publishes Mwambao, a quarterly newsletter written in Swahili, and has recently began a project to document and encourage the use of traditional fishing practices.
The Seacology Prize is an international award given each year to an indigenous islander for exceptional achievement in preserving the environments and cultures of the world’s islands. The Prize highlights the heroic efforts of people who seldom receive any publicity – indigenous leaders who risk their own lives and well-being to help their community and preserve the biodiversity of their home.
We hope you can join us!
Early registration highly recommended. Limited space available and seats fill up quickly! Please call our office with any questions you may have: 510.559.3505.
6:00pm ~ Welcome Cocktail Reception
The chance to meet this year's Prize winner, Seacology staff and supporters while enjoying complimentary drinks and hors d'oeuvres.
7:00pm ~ Ceremony begins
Listen to the prize winner speak about their experiences working in environmental conservation. Our winners travel to California to receive the award and share their amazing stories.
Check out our website to learn more about our previous Seacology Prize winners from all over the globe: http://www.seacology.org/about/seacology-prize/
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Seacology is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving the environments and cultures of islands worldwide. We work directly with island communities to support environmental conservation in exchange for funding schools, community centers, and other needed infrastructure. Seacology’s work promotes the preservation of indigenous cultures and long-term environmental stewardship while safeguarding island biodiversity.