On March 31, Super Typhoon Maysak passed directly over Ulithi Atoll in the Federated States of Micronesia (where we have been supporting community-based marine conservation programs since 2004) causing unprecedented damage. Homes, schools, and other infrastructure were all destroyed, and food, fresh water, and supplies are now urgently needed. Brad Holland, a photographer currently in Ulithi, said of the damage, "There's not one thing that's not destroyed on the island."
If you are able to make a donation, please consider contributing any amount to Pacific Missionary Aviation (click here to donate), as they are currently coordinating the purchase and transport of relief supplies to Ulithi and Fai Atolls. Your support is urgently needed to help the people of Ulithi recover from this disaster.
Brian Hutchinson is Oceanic Society's vice president of outreach, co-founder of the State of the World's Sea Turtles Program, and program officer of the IUCN-SSC Marine Turtle Specialist Group. Brian holds a B.A. in zoology from Connecticut College, and has been working to advance global marine conservation for more than a decade.