Craig S. Harrison is a former Chair of PSG and former Vice-Chair for Conservation for PSG from 1992 to 2013. He also is an expert on tropical seabirds, one of the founders of the American Bird Conservancy, and a lawyer who specializes in environmental law. Because of his longstanding contributions to seabird conservation, especially those on behalf of PSG, we are honored to be able to name the former Conservation Small-grants Program after him.
There has been concern by members of Executive Council (EXCO) of the Pacific Seabird Group and PSG's Conservation Committee that some worthy seabird-conservation projects could be accomplished at minimal cost in some locations of the Pacific but are not being pursued because there is no vehicle for funding such projects. The need for support for seabird-conservation efforts is most acute in developing nations. To address this concern, the EXCO has established the Craig S. Harrison Conservation Fund (hereafter, Conservation Fund).
The objective of the Conservation Fund is to advance the conservation of seabirds by providing funds or supplies to individuals from developing countries as well as those from elsewhere working in those developing countries primarily in or bordering the Pacific Ocean, (1) for conservation and restoration activities that benefit seabirds in the Pacific Ocean; and (2) to help develop within-country seabird expertise in developing countries within or bordering the Pacific Ocean.