A Promise to the Reef

  This year we have been working on an exciting and important new venture to help raise awareness about the effects of climate change on coral reefs. We all know climate change is having a huge impact on our planet, but did you know it is also the greatest threat to coral reefs? Because coral reefs are sensitive to changes in environment and temperature they are at the front line of climate changes and we are already seeing the impacts …

WiseOceans Work

Hey guys, it’s Emmaline… I want to share with you my experience of my internship at WiseOceans. To start off, WiseOceans is a conservation group founded by Abbie Hine that works globally, they were set up in Seychelles 5 years ago and they are situated at Four Seasons Resort Seychelles at Petite Anse. Their main goal is to strive for a better healthier ocean for future generations. They specialise in marine conservation and education, here at the resort they mostly …

My Awesome Experience at WiseOceans

My Awesome Experience at WiseOceans by Frances Benstrong How did I get this internship opportunity? Hi everyone, my name is Frances Benstrong. 18 years of age currently doing my A levels, studying Biology, Geography and Business. It was only last month that I read an article that an organization under the name of Seychelles Youth Aims Hub(SYAH) put up online about an internship program in line to the Blue Economy. Me being me a person who is most passionate about …

This Reef is Recruiting!

After a tough start to the year for our house reef and nursery here at Petite Anse, we’re happy to see that things are now looking up for corals. Yes, over the past few months our reef has been recruiting! …but perhaps not in the way you think. We don’t mean that job adverts have been posted and the reef is hiring new herbivores, no crab recruitment happening here. No, a “recruit” in coral terms means a young coral colony …

The Third Coral Bleaching Event; how our corals have fared

By Annie Vidot and Georgina Beresford Coral reefs are the rainforests of the sea with a rich biodiversity providing homes for thousands of fish and other marine organisms. It also plays an important role in our country’s economy as it relies on its diverse resources; the economic value of coral reefs has been estimated at $29 billion a year. Thus the future health of coral reefs will have a large effect on the future economic resources and biodiversity of the …

A different office for a month: Annie joins the GVI Marine Conservation Expedition

By Annie Vidot Do you know how it feels to join a marine conservation expedition here in Seychelles for a month? Maybe not! Let me share my experience with you. Recently I joined the GVI Marine Conservation Expedition (based at Baie Ternay, NW Mahé, Seychelles) on a scholarship for a month. GVI have been surveying marine life in the marine park of Baie Ternay for over a decade, contributing towards various conservation-related surveys aimed at providing data to the local government on coral …

El Niño and the Third Global Coral Bleaching Event: what has happened and have we reached the end of the tunnel ?

By Georgie Beresford As you may have seen in the news, corals have not been having an easy time this year. In fact for the last couple of years we have been experiencing the third global coral bleaching event, the cause of this has been a particularly strong El Niño. What is El Niño? El Niño is a global weather event, which occurs naturally every 2-7 years. It is distinguished by a shift in temperature patterns in the equatorial Pacific, …

Moving Offices…

By Georgie Beresford About a month ago I moved office. I didn’t move far, but it was very exciting all the same. I migrated from the Marine Educator picnic table at Four Seasons Resort Seychelles to the Coral Cabana (a grand total of five steps away) to start my new role as Reef Restoration Project Officer! I had a fantastic time as a Marine Educator here and I can’t quite believe it, but I’ve now been in Seychelles for 6 …

It’s time to say goodbye!

By Tania Militello And…it’s come to that time of the year, the time to say goodbye.  What an amazing year it has been so far! I can’t believe it is already going to end. I remember the first time I saw Mahè, when Lindsay drove me to Petite Anse from the airport, palm trees on one side, crystal water on the other and my brain full of new exciting ideas and future projects. Did I manage to do all the …

Tim (Neutral Buoyancy) Ecott praises WiseOceans coral project

Tim Ecott is the author of the international best-seller ‘Neutral Buoyancy: Adventures in a Liquid World’ and scriptwriter for the BBC feature film ‘Deep Blue’.  Corals, and the reefs that they create are notoriously complex organisms – not for nothing are they called the rainforests of the sea. Coral restoration projects have been around for a few years now, and I’ve seen them first hand in the Caribbean and the Maldives. They are still a new concept in Seychelles, but …