The Seychelles Seabird Group

Seychelles is internationally important for seabirds, with 18 breeding species numbering millions of individuals. For the last 30 years some conservationists on some islands have been conducting research programmes and undertaking censuses,

SSG LOGO however large knowledge gaps remain. With this in mind Nature Seychelles with backing from the Norwegian Embassy and Airtel Seychelles launched the Seychelles Seabird Group.

The aim is to develop a coordinated plan for the management of seabirds by supporting seabird group partners, providing training and co-ordinate surveys and research.

The seabird colonies of the Seychelles have been greatly reduced; most islands supporting breeding colonies are now small, predator free or very remote islands.  Many species have become greatly reduced in range and at least two, the Pink backed pelican and Abbots Booby are extinct in the Seychelles.  In the past heavy exploitation for food and the destruction of islands for plantations or guano mining caused loss of colonies.

Today the main threats are uncontrolled exploitation and the introduction of alien predators to islands. The potential effects of fisheries and climate change on the marine environment are not known.

Work of the Seychelles Seabird Group

The overall goal of the group is to facilitate the sustainable management of seabird resources in the Seychelles. 
Our objectives are:

  1. Collect robust data on seabird populations at regular intervals to guide management
  2. Develop a strategic plan to guide surveys and monitoring
  3. Encourage the use of standardised methods laid out in the Seabird Monitoring Handbook for Seychelles
  4. Practical training for field staff in the standardised census and monitoring methods
  5. Maintain the Seychelles seabird database.

The SSG produces a newsletter containing news on seabird group activities, reports from members’ islands, study methods and technical articles, and now also has a Seychelles Seabird Group blog

A Seabird Monitoring Handbook for Seychelles has been produced; it contains recommended survey methods for the 18 species of seabird found breeding the Seychelles.

Programme News

Indian Ocean Tuna Commission moves to protect albatrosses

The 8th edition of Seabird News is here

Seychelles’ science shines at scientific symposium

The 7th edition of Seabird News is out

Protecting seabirds habitats at sea

Innovative conservation action funded

Census reveals dips and peaks in breeding seabirds

By-catch commitment wins environmental backing

Seabird study to reveal health of oceans

Off the hook: saving turtles, albatrosses and other by-catch

Our History

Since 1998.

Seychelles Nature, Green HealthClimate Change, Biodiversity Conservation & Sustainability Organisation

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Roche Caiman, Mahe

Contact Us

Centre for Environment & Education

Roche Caiman,

P.O. Box 1310, Mahe, Seychelles

Tel:+ 248 4601100

Fax: + 248 4601102

Email: nature@seychelles.net