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23 December

Volunteering under the sea

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A Report from Nature Seychelles’ International Volunteer Program

I arrived on Praslin and was met by two volunteers who showed me to the dorms at Nature Seychelles’ Island Conservation Centre and who helped me settle in. I then met Nature Seychelles’ Reef Rescuers team the next day - Louise and Austin.

Doing population controls of coral predators to assist recovery on reefs impacted by the 2016 mass coral bleaching event. A total of 790 corallivore snails (Drupella spp.) were removed from the Reef Rescuers transplanted site in Cousin Island Special reserve.

Another 28 corallivore starfishes (Crown-of-Thorns) were injected with lethal doses of vinegar on the resilient reef of Trompeuse.

by Louise Malaisé, Technical & Scientific Officer, Reef Rescuers

26 September

Happily growing super corals

Published in Blog

Good news for the reefs of Seychelles! Over 1,000 super coral nubbins are happily growing in the Reef Rescuer coral nursery.

10 August

Some pretty tough corals!

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After the devastating effects of the recent bleaching event on our coral reefs, the time has come to look for survivors and get on the road of recovery.

After two underwater heat waves in 1998 and 2010, El Niño has once again struck coral reefs worldwide, triggering the third global coral bleaching event in recorded history.

 

Nature Seychelles’ Reef Rescuers is a leader in Africa, says international group

Nature Seychelles’ coral reef restoration project, the Reef Rescuers has been identified as a “Blue Solution for Africa” by an international group consisting of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), the The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), GRID Arendal and the German Government.

Its official, our oceans are experiencing a coral bleaching event on a global scale. Since October 2015, scientists of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have been reporting high ocean temperatures across Hawaii and the Caribbean, causing widespread coral bleaching. The phenomenon has now reached the Western Indian Ocean, which has been on coral bleaching alert since the 4th of January this year.

Shark encounters during a dive are always exciting because as well as being majestic and mysterious, they are indicators of a healthy marine ecosystem.

20 July

Fish need corals

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A Nature Seychelles’ study focusing on the link between coral reefs and fish populations at several sites around Cousin Island Special Reserve has recently been published in the scientific journal Ocean & Coastal Management.

Professor Jane Lubchenco, the first ever US Oceans Envoy and Ambassador Sharon Villarosa together with 3 members of their staff, paid a visit to Nature Seychelles’ Reef Rescuers Project and Cousin Island Special Reserve last week. The delegation was accompanied by Dr. Nirmal Jivan Shah, Nature Seychelles CEO and travelled from Mahe to Praslin where they met with Nature Seychelles’ Reef Rescuers team then to Cousin Island Special Reserve for an island tour.

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