BGF#1

Type: Large

Project Status: Complete

SeyCCAT Strategic Objective: Empower the fisheries sector with robust science and knowhow to improve governance, sustainability, value and market options

Lead Project Partner: Green Islands Foundation

Partners: Bel Ombre Fishers Association, Fishing Boat Owners Association, Artisanal Shark Fishers Association, Seychelles Fishing Authority

Summary: In 2017 GIF undertook the first assessment of the artisanal catch of threatened species (IUCN criteria). This involved intensive monitoring of more than 50% of the artisanal catch and extensive consultation and partnership with artisanal fishers. During consultations fishers identified a list of additional species that were of local concern due to the decline in catches fishers had noted over the last 20-30 years. This project proposes to undertake 12 months intensive monitoring of the artisanal catch to:

  • Assess the nature of the artisanal catch of these species of local concern, i.e. number, size/maturity, seasonality and method of catch.
  • Undertake the first assessment of the artisanal ray fishery, a research priority under the Seychelles National Plan of Action for the Conservation and Management of Sharks (2016-2020)(NPOA).
  • Gather a 12-month dataset (i.e. double the dataset) on the catch of threatened species.

The project will take place on Mahe and cover more than 50% of the national artisanal catch by monitoring key landing sites and points of sale.

SeyCCAT Funds: SCR 599,500

Co-finance: SCR 862,544

Duration: June 2018 – Sept 2019

Download the project application form

Findings 

  1. Findings for the species of local concern – Annex 3_Wshop ppt powerpoint
  2. Photos from the project –  Annex 2_Photos_Report final
  3. ID guide for species of local concern – Annex1_ID guide page example
  4. Findings of 12 months monitoring of the ray fishery – Annex 6_Ray fishery report

Media Coverage

Environmental group gathers data on Seychelles’ threatened fish, aims for sustainable managementSeychelles News Agency

GIF begins consultations with fishers for threatened fish species projectThe Nation

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