Seychelles is a 115-island archipelago in the Indian Ocean, spanning 1.3 million square kilometers of ocean. The diversity and abundance of marine wildlife in the Seychelles is a testament to the sheer variety of natural habitats that can be found amongst the islands. These range from mangroves and rocky shores to sea grass beds and coral reefs, with over 1000 species of fish recorded.
From 1973 onwards, many parts of Seychelles’ waters were declared protected, preventing large fishing boats from operating in the area. The Government of Seychelles also took action to declare the shark a protected species in 2003, banning the practice of shark finning and the use of gill nets for fishing.
Seychelles is also home to globally significant populations of marine turtles. Large nesting populations of the Hawksbill turtle, which is critically endangered worldwide, still remain in the coral-reefs and deep seas surrounding Seychelles. Turtle populations are now seeing successful recovery in protected sites, after action was taken in 1994 to prevent detrimental human intervention. Despite the success, there are still many unprotected populations of turtles who are vulnerable to both human and environmental dangers.
There is increasingly important conservation work to be done. It is essential that we strive to improve the conservation of Seychelles’ marine eco-systems through scientific research, educational programmes and protection management. At Natural Seychelles, you will be kept informed with news about conservation issues, as well as governmental and civic initiatives to improve conservation efforts and secure the future of Seychelles.