Juvenile Scalloped hammerhead shark killings cause outrage and raise concern over conservation efforts for endangered species.
(Seychelles News Agency) Seychelles' Department of Environment has observed a drastic increase in sea turtle poaching and has therefore increased its monitoring and surveillance efforts, said a top official. The department's director of conservation, Ashley Dias, told SNA on Thursday that the nesting season has barely started and the authorities have recorded 14 cases of poaching compared with eight cases for the whole season last year.
Nature Seychelles Chief Executive Dr Nirmal Shah has said that the practice of feeding fish in Seychelles should be discouraged because studies have shown that fish feeding - especially in marine protected areas or small areas lie reefs where fish are sedentary - have dramatic negative impacts. Dr. Shah says while the problem is dwarfed by other bigger issues such as over-fishing, it is nonetheless important that everyone takes action, no matter how small, to protect Seychelles marine resources.
Members of the National Working Group (NWG) for Nature Seychelles' Locally Empowered Area Protection (LEAP) project held their first meeting on 5 December 2019 at the Savoy, Beau Vallon, Mahe. The LEAP project aims to establish the first-ever Locally Managed Marine Area (LMMA) in Seychelles (See previous story).
Dr. Nirmal Shah, the CEO of Nature Seychelles has stated that the EU purse seine fleet, specifically the Spanish fishing companies, of overfishing yellowfin tuna, a species that is under a quota regime established by the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC).
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