Saving Coral Reef and Marine Life

Research and Protect our Ocean

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The coral reefs of the Seychelles are some of the most diverse in the Indian Ocean yet have been heavily degraded after the 2016 bleaching event. In the Seychelles, several NGO’s and partners are working towards protecting and restoring the reefs surrounding the islands. Continuous monitoring by skilled divers is crucial in assessing the reefs recovery and the recovery of their associated species. Skilled divers are necessary to conduct surveys and gather the data required to monitor the reefs and implement adequate management strategies.

The Seychelles have lost up to 90% of their coral cover and with most livelihoods in coastal areas are heavily dependent on the health of the reefs, making is crucial to protect them.
With funds often lacking and personal income low, gaining the Open Water SCUBA certification needed in order to join scholarships can be a struggle. Gaining scholarships and advancing as a reef surveyor is currently reserved for the minority. With our partners, our staff here can pick the top students of the current class and recommend them for being granted their Open Water certification through the Trust. Enabling these students to gain their entry level dive qualification would open doors for them with a variety of local organisations that are running marine programs.

By covering the costs of the Open Water Diver certification, the students can get certified with our local partner divecentre. Afterwards, they can be taken on as scholars as part of our National Scholarship Program here at Cap Ternay. The main reason that people do not apply for the NSP program is the fact that they aren’t certified divers yet and cannot afford the cost. When joining us, they would advance as SCUBA divers gaining their AOW certification and our staff would teach them one of the target survey areas.making them a PADI coral reef research diver (CRRD)

This project would enable local individuals to fully participate in Marine Conservation and find an employer, helping them with their monitoring program. It would create fully qualified SCUBA divers that know underwater survey methods and can start work with local bodies and start surveying reefs.

The coral reefs of the Seychelles are some of the most diverse in the Indian Ocean yet have been heavily degraded after the 2016 bleaching event. In the Seychelles, several NGO’s and partners are working towards protecting and restoring the reefs surrounding the islands. Continuous monitoring by skilled divers is crucial in assessing the reefs recovery and the recovery of their associated species. Skilled divers are necessary to conduct surveys and gather the data required to monitor the reefs and implement adequate management strategies.

The Seychelles have lost up to 90% of their coral cover and with most livelihoods in coastal areas are heavily dependent on the health of the reefs, making is crucial to protect them.
With funds often lacking and personal income low, gaining the Open Water SCUBA certification needed in order to join scholarships can be a struggle. Gaining scholarships and advancing as a reef surveyor is currently reserved for the minority. With our partners, our staff here can pick the top students of the current class and recommend them for being granted their Open Water certification through the Trust. Enabling these students to gain their entry level dive qualification would open doors for them with a variety of local organisations that are running marine programs.

By covering the costs of the Open Water Diver certification, the students can get certified with our local partner divecentre. Afterwards, they can be taken on as scholars as part of our National Scholarship Program here at Cap Ternay. The main reason that people do not apply for the NSP program is the fact that they aren’t certified divers yet and cannot afford the cost. When joining us, they would advance as SCUBA divers gaining their AOW certification and our staff would teach them one of the target survey areas.making them a PADI coral reef research diver (CRRD)

This project would enable local individuals to fully participate in Marine Conservation and find an employer, helping them with their monitoring program. It would create fully qualified SCUBA divers that know underwater survey methods and can start work with local bodies and start surveying reefs.

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