The effects of climate change pose a greater threat to hawksbill turtles in Seychelles than poaching, according to a local conservationist. Now that the nesting season has ended, conservation officials, including Ashley Pothin, an official from the environment ministry, are refocusing their attention towards the impact climate change is having on the Seychelles turtle population. … Continue reading Seychelles Turtle Conservation Efforts Stepped Up In Face Of Climate Change
A new centre for ocean restoration, awareness and learning (aptly abbreviated as CORAL) has opened on Praslin, the second-most populated island of Seychelles. The centre will bring together scientists and students to share knowledge on how to protect and improve ocean life. Nature Seychelles, a non-profit organisation run by Nirmal Shah, will be responsible for … Continue reading Seychelles Prioritises Ocean Lessons
In an important step towards building Seychelles' renewable energy capacity, the environment ministry is encouraging investment in a bio-digestion plant that will convert waste in the landfill into biogas. The principal secretary for environment, Alain De Commarmond, told SNA that the government will put more effort and support into improving the renewable energy supply to … Continue reading Is Biogas Viable For Renewable Energy?
Seychelles' beautiful North Island has won one of five National Geographic World Legacy Awards - prizes for the best tourism destination for preserving and restoring natural habitat. The award also recognised North Island for protecting rare and endangered species. North Island has undertaken a programme to restore the island, which has included successfully reintroducing many indigenous species … Continue reading NatGeo Prize for Seychelles Island
Save Ours Seas Foundation, a global ocean conservation and marine research organisation, last month announced its new Keystone Grant winners for 2017, as well as its partners and continuation grants for this year. Save Our Seas Foundation's Keystone Grant forms part of the Foundation's commitment to protect oceans by funding and supporting research, conservation and … Continue reading Seychelles’ Conservation Grants Awarded
This week, Seychelles' vice president Vincent Meriton spoke on a number of subjects, including including the Blue Economy and the development of Seychelles. Seychelles is dependent on the ocean, and Mr Meriton emphasised the government's commitment to protect Seychelles' alimentary, coastal and marine resources. Noting that Seychelles has a vast Exclusive Economic Zone of 1.3 million square … Continue reading VP Talks Up The Blue Bond
The University of Seychelles will soon offer a free online course for students in the Seychelles and around the world who want to learn more about the concept of the Blue Economy - to harness the resources of the ocean in a sustainable way for the economic development of Seychelles. The course, which is a joint venture … Continue reading UniSey Takes On The Blue Economy
This year, Seychelles implemented a ban on importing a range of plastic items, from bags to cutlery. Judging by the reaction of Seychelles residents, the initiative has been welcomed, even if it has forced the locals to be more creative when running errands or disposing of rubbish. They have swapped bags for boxes to carry … Continue reading Habits Change As Seychelles Adapts To The Plastic Ban
A new study of shark DNA, including from the Great White Shark and Hammerhead Sharks, has revealed unique evolutionary changes in immunity genes that may explain how sharks’ open wounds heal so fast and why they rarely get cancer. Sharks’ and rays’ immune systems are well known to be highly efficient: they heal open wounds … Continue reading Shark Immunity Genes May Hold Secrets
Reducing plastic waste should be a priority for the Seychellois and for the world. Too much of it ends up in our oceans and barely a day goes by before another video of an animal suffering after eating a man-made plastic item goes viral. But it’s not only animals that are affected. The Guardian, a … Continue reading No Plastic Please!