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 …

Post mass global coral bleaching event and it’s not all bad news

This year saw the third mass global coral bleaching event sweep the world’s oceans. Stats, figures and reports on the loss of coral worldwide are still emerging, but needless to say there is some pretty bleak reading out there. You may call corals the canaries of the ocean, and this was a clear signal that all is not well. Here in Petite Anse our coral nursery stocked a high proportion of coral fragments in the genus Acropora, a fast-growing species which we hoped to …

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 …

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 …

The more ocean lovers there are, the better it is!

By Tania Militello Being based at the Four Seasons Resort Seychelles, part of my daily routine as Reef Restoration Project Officer is to meet with resort guests, talk with them about the project and its aim, and help people get to know more about the wonderful marine life at our doorstep. The interest most of the guests show for the “coral gardening” concept, and the support they give us every day is very rewarding. A few weeks ago, for example, …

A special “welcome back”

By Tania Militello Going back to Italy for holidays was of course amazing. I spent time with my family and friends, ate all the good food possible, gained 2 kgs (of course!), brought back some divine chocolate treats from Italy to share with my colleagues, and the time ran so fast I cannot believe it’s already gone! However I am now really glad to be back at work. Yes, I know it’s hard to believe it, but I am one …

Because we love the reef!

By Tania Militello At WiseOceans and Four Seasons Resort Seychelles we love our skin, but we love the reef, too! This is why the resort provides special reef-friendly sunscreen products for all their guests, pictured here amongst the equipment in the Coral Cabana. Evoa, by EQ, is an example of a sunscreen which doesn’t have the same impact upon coral that many regular sunscreens do, impacts which can increase bleaching of coral reefs for example (read more about this in the links …

A Thousand!

By Tania Militello “A thousand what?” you will ask. Coral fragmentsLast week we announced on our latest news page (and Facebook too) that we have reached our first milestone for our Reef Restoration Project: a thousand rescued coral fragments in the coral nursery! Since the official launch, only just over 3 months ago, the 26th March 2015, we have collected, cleaned, doctored and loved a thousand coral fragments. To be 100% honest we had expected to have a thousand fragments …