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 …

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 …

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 …

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, …

Why I want to save our reefs

By Annie Vidot Hello there! My name is Annie, I am an 18 years young girl and I study “Fisheries Science“ at the Maritime Academy of Seychelles. I was born and raised in Seychelles, and my father, who was a dive instructor, instilled in me the love for the ocean. I have been working with the WiseOceans team at Four Seasons Resort Seychelles during weekends for three months and now as part of my school training, I am starting the second …

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 …

Joining the WiseOceans team

By Annie Vidot As a young Seychellois, I have extreme passion for marine life. When I first heard about WiseOceans I always wondered what they do without realising that one day I would be part of this amazing team who also share this interest. During my days with WiseOceans I have been working with Tania, the Reef Restoration Project Officer, learning about the Reef Restoration Project at Four Seasons Resort Seychelles and the different methodologies used. Using my rapidly improving duck diving skills I am …

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 …