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Conservation Boot Camp

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Implementing the SDGs

At Nature Seychelles we are committed to working with government, development partners and donors in implementing relevant actions, in particular, looking at certain goals where we can build on our existing strengths. Read more

Seychelles Wildlife

Natural environment of the Seychelles

Seychelles is a unique environment, which sustains a very special biodiversity. It is special for a number of different reasons. These are the oldest oceanic islands to be found anywhere...

Bird Watching

Seychelles is a paradise for birdwatchers, you can easily see the unique land birds, the important sea bird colonies, and the host of migrants and vagrants. Some sea bird...

Seychelles Black Parrot

Black Parrot or Kato Nwar in Creolee is brown-grey in colour, not truly black. Many bird experts treat it as a local form of a species found in Madagascar and...

Fairy Tern

The Fairy (or white) Tern is a beautiful bird seen on all islands in Seychelles, even islands like Mahe where they are killed by introduced rats, cats and Barn Owls....

Introduced Land Birds

A little over two hundred years ago, there were no humans living permanently in Seychelles. When settlement occurred, people naturally brought with them the animals and plants they needed to...

Native Birds

Although over 190 different species of bird have been seen on or around the central islands of Seychelles (and the number is increasing all the time), many of these are...

Migrant Shore Birds

Shallow seas and estuaries are very rich in invertebrate life. Many birds feed on the worms, crabs and shellfish in these habitats; often, they have long bills for probing sand...

Seychelles Magpie Robin

The most endangered of the endemic birds, Seychelles Magpie Robin or Pi Santez in Creole, came close to extinction in the late twentieth century; in 1970 there were only about...

Seychelles Blue Pigeon

The Seychelles Blue Pigeon or Pizon Olande in Creole, spends much of its life in the canopy of trees and eats the fruits of figs, bwa dir, ylang ylang and...

Seychelles White-eye

The Seychelles White-eye or Zwazo Linet in Creole, is rare and endemic. They may sometimes be seen in gardens and forest over 300m at La Misere, Cascade and a few...

Seychelles Black Paradise Flycatcher

The Seychelles Black Paradise Flycatcher or the Vev in Creole is endemic to Seychelles, you cannot find this bird anywhere else on earth. Although it was once widespread on...

Seychelles Sunbird

The tiny sunbird or Kolibri in Creole, is one of the few endemic species that has thrived since humans arrived in the Seychelles.

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Achievements

  • Stopped near extinctions of birds +

    Down-listing of the critically endangered Seychelles warbler from Critically Endangered to Near Threatened. Other Seychelles birds have also been saved including the Seychelles Magpie Robin, Seychelles Fody, and the Seychelles
  • Restored whole island ecosystems +

    We transformed Cousin Island from a coconut plantation to a thriving vibrant and diverse island ecosystem. Success achieved on Cousin was replicated on other islands with similar conservation activities.
  • Championed climate change solutions +

    Nature Seychelles has risen to the climate change challenge in our region in creative ways to adapt to the inevitable changing of times.
  • Education and Awareness +

    We have been at the forefront of environmental education, particularly with schools and Wildlife clubs
  • Sustainable Tourism +

    We manage the award-winning eco-tourism programme on Cousin Island started in 1970
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Indian Ocean Tuna Commission takes first steps towards conservation

Soon after BirdLife International delivered a report on the impact of illegal, unreported and unregulated fisheries (IUU) on seabird populations, 12 vessels engaged in this activity have now been identified and blacklisted by the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC).  The IOTC was one of the three regional fisheries organizations cited by the BirdLife report as doing little or nothing to prevent the wholesale killing of albatrosses, turtles and sharks in tuna fisheries.

The IOTC estimates that IUU fishing takes up more than 40,000 tones of fish annually in the Indian Ocean and moreover contributes to a growing bycatch problem. The BirdLife International report launched at the  26th Session of the FAO’s Committee on Fisheries in March this year identified the Regional Fisheries Management Organizations that are not preventing the slaughter of the world’s albatrosses in longline fisheries, including the IOTC.

The IOTC has never had catch quotas, or measures to either collect data on, or reduce, bycatch. However, at the recent ninth annual meeting of the  IOTC in June in Seychelles, steps have been taken for better management including quotas on catches of bigeye tuna. The ninth session also adopted three separate resolutions on conservation of sharks, sea turtles and seabirds.

Reading the resolutions on sharks and turtles one can see that the organization is now taking serious steps to reduce the killing of these animals by tuna fishing operations. The shark resolution prohibits fishing vessels from retaining on board, transhipping or landing any fins harvested. It also asks the nations that are party to the IOTC to undertake several other conservation-related activities. For turtles, the resolution aims to reduce the impact of fishing operations on these species by certain measures such as development of gear to reduce bycatch of turtles, to avoid encircling turtles with  nets and to promptly release any turtles caught

However, the IOTC is still not serious enough about reducing seabird mortality in the Southern Indian Ocean tuna fishery says international conservationists. The resolution on seabirds, they say, does not go far enough. The Southern Indian Ocean is one of the most special places for the albatrosses of the world. There are 21 species in all and 19 of them are threatened with extinction. The IOTC has a very important role to play in their protection because their greatest danger is being caught and killed in longline fisheries, says Dr. Cleo Small of the RSPB.

More action is necessary by the IOTC otherwise 19 species of fantastic birds will vanish from the planet forever because of tuna fishing. Do tuna fishing operators want to be held accountable for a modern wave of mass extinctions of animals?

By Nirmal Jivan Shah, published on the People Newspaper, Seychelles, on 7 July  2005


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