John Collie passed away at the Ayrshire Hospice, Ayr, Scotland at 11:10 am on December 30th 2009. John, a popular and well known personality in Seychelles was active in conservation for many years.
Where to next for coral reefs? Can a view of the future of corals be predicted by science? What about fisheries - with world fisheries increasing, is there enough fish to keep us going? What are the effects of overfishing and how does climate change affect fisheries and fish ecosystems? How do Tuna and Seabirds respond to global warming? What can looking at the ocean from above tell us about preservation of ecological resources? These were only a few of the questions being asked and answered by 470 experts of 26 nationalities who attended the Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association (WIOMSA) sixth scientific symposium in Saint Denis, Réunion Island in late August.
The Sousouri Bannan or Seychelles Sheath-tailed Bat is possibly the rarest bat in the world. It is also an endemic of Seychelles, which means that the estimated 70 individuals that exist in the world are only found in Seychelles. Although historically it was found on four granitic islands - Mahe, Silhoutte, Praslin and La Digue - it is now believed to occur only on Mahe (around 40 individuals in three roosts) and Silhouette (32 individuals in one roost).
Nirmal Shah, July 23 2009.
Two men have been arrested for possession of turtle meat and spearguns. The taking, selling or buying of turtles is illegal under the Wild Animals and Birds Protection Act. Offences under this law carry a maximum fine of SR500,000.00 (about 36,000.00 USD) or a maximum term of two years imprisonment. Spearguns have been banned in Seychelles since the 70’s under Fisheries legislation and the Penal Code.