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Spreading from the western Pacific, the lethal heat wave associated to the 2015/17 El Niño hit the western Indian Ocean around February 2016. Here in the Seychelles, the water temperature averaged 30°C for four consecutive months, peaking over 31°C on some days!

A proposal to undertake a large-scale coral reef restoration project in the Colombian Caribbean has been shortlisted for support by the European Outdoor Conservation Association (EOCA). Now, outdoor enthusiasts and project supporters will vote to decide if the project gets to receive funding for long-term sustainability. 

Seychelles has considerable opportunities to continue climbing the income ladder, especially given its natural capital, which is of global significance, says a recent World Bank report, the Seychelles Systematic Country Diagnostic (SCD)“Seychelles has built a powerful brand name linked to the abundance and beauty of its natural environment and resources, including its tropical islands, beaches, and the ocean. The opportunity is for Seychelles to consolidate its regional, and even global, leadership status in the management and sustainable use of these resources”. A further source of opportunities for Seychelles arises from its strategic location in the western Indian Ocean. This is well-aligned with the emerging global focus on sustainable ocean resource use and management – the Blue Economy.

Nature SeychellesReef Rescuers team was recently invited to collaborate with the Island Resort Six Senses Zil Pasyon and conduct a feasibility assessment. The main objective of this survey was to see if we could implement a Coral Garden Project within the Marine Protected Area (MPA) of Félicité Island.

TODAY Newspaper; 6th July 2017 by S. Marivel: Canadian online news outlet Undercurrent News says in an article published on 4 July, that the Seychelles' fleet “will have to stop fishing at the end of September.” The remaining amount of tuna catch for 2017, totals about 12,925t, to be counted from 20 May. This represents a quota of 994t of yellowfin tuna quota for each vessel.

TODAY in Seychelles Newspaper; 30 May 2017 by S. Marivel: After months of debate and negotiation, Seychelles will now be able to use 2015 as the reference year for the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission’s (IOTC) mandatory 15% quota on yellowfin tuna. Local authorities have also succeeded in convincing European countries fishing in the Indian Ocean to reduce their use of Floating Aggregation Devices (FADs) and supply vessels.

(Seychelles News Agency) - With limited land resources, Seychelles is dependent on the ocean and for many years the fishery sector has been the 115-island archipelago’s second-largest part of the economy, after tourism. As one of the key players in the sector, the Seychelles Fishing Authority (SFA) plays an immense role in promoting sustainable and responsible fishing.

James Michel Foundation, Press Release, 16 May 2016: Seychelles Former President James Michel met with Dr. Nirmal Jivan Shah, the Chief Executive of Nature Seychelles, the largest and oldest nature conservation NGO operating in the Seychelles, at Espace building today.

Greenpeace has sent its ship Esperanza to the Indian Ocean where it is currently dismantling all Fish Aggregating Devices (FADs) that it encoun

TODAY Newspaper, 29 April 2017, R. Meetarbhan: While conservationists are stepping up efforts to ban supply vessels and get rid of Fish Aggregating Device (FAD), a Spanish organisation representing owners of purse seiners say, in a letter sent to TODAY, that supply vessels are mere "scapegoats" in the ongoing controversy on overfishing.

“If we want the Blue Economy game to change then India is a game changer”. Dr. Nirmal Jivan Shah, Chief Executive of Nature Seychelles said this in an article published in August 2015 at the end of former President James Michel’s State Visit to India.

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