Scientists tend to be clever people. That’s why they are scientists
after all. But they can’t know everything. And they can’t be
everywhere. Non-scientists can have different types of information that
can be useful too. And there are a lot of them. The balancing of
scientific and public knowledge is a topic of great current interest.
We have seen this in studies being done in Seychelles that are seeking
to recognize that the fishing communities here know a thing or two
about the marine environment: where the fish stocks are and how many
there are, for example. We ignore this kind of knowledge, experience
and expertise at our peril.
Nature Seychelles has worked with researcher Louisa Wood of the
University of British Columbia, Canada and other organisations to find
out what motivates illegal fishing in Marine Protected Areas, (MPAs)
and to try to identify ways to reduce poaching.
SPLASH - Special Programme for Learning and Awareness on Species and Habitats.
Citizen science in Seychelles
Nature Seychelles has called on the public to help with improving
knowledge of a unique Seychelles animal - the weird and wonderful
Katiti take-off at airport
In September we reported in the media that a pair of Seychelles
Kestrels (Katiti) had taken up residence in an aircraft hangar at the
airport. Don Du Preez, who works there, called us for advice, as there
were plans to renovate the roof, and he was anxious to minimise
disturbance to the birds.