Conserving marine mammals around Seychelles while maintaining sustainable use of marine resources against a background of urban development, petroleum exploration.
Project Number: SEY/SGP/OP5/Y2/CORE/BD/12/14 Country: Seychelles Area Of Work: Biodiversity Operational Phase: Phase 5 Grant Amount: US$ 150,000.00 Co-Financing cash: US$ 42,672.00 Start Date: 1/2014 End Date: 6/2015 Status: Currently under execution Project Description: The Marine Conservation Society, Seychelles (MCSS) is the only national Non-Governmental Organisation dedicated exclusively to the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity. MCSS works closely with local partners in public, private and NGO sectors and has a long track record of successful implementation of conservation projects which address conservation on strategic, national and local levels. Seychelles has long been conservation oriented but there is a lack of knowledge of local marine biodiversity and associated threats, particularly among civil society and it is acknowledged that there are still a number of barriers to effective biodiversity conservation which this project aims to address. The Seychelles Sustainable Development Strategy (SSDS) 2010-2020 has identified strengthening of PA management as a priority, while the National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (NBSAP) recognizes the goal of increasing in-situ conservation and ensuring that threats to biodiversity from climate change are considered; this proposed project will address both of these areas. The Republic of the Seychelles was instrumental in the setting up of the Indian Ocean Whale Sanctuary and within their territorial waters all marine mammals are protected in relation to harvesting. Although 26 species of marine mammals are listed in Seychelles waters, little work has been focused on marine mammals in this area since the Sanctuary s inception. However, threats to marine mammals are increasing, the effects of climate change on their ecology and conservation is largely unknown and submarine exploration for petroleum has already started in this area, which has been proven to have severe impacts on marine mammals. Similarly, the impact of demersal and industrial fisheries is largely unknown but demersal fisheries have become affected by significant losses due to depredation by marine mammals removing line-caught fish. The cause for the increase in this type of behaviour by marine mammals is unknown but has been linked to various stimuli or stresses. This project will be implemented by MCSS in association with Islands Conservation Society (ICS) and with cooperation of several NGO/CBO and governmental bodies. The project aims to train a corps of individuals to monitor marine mammals by visual and acoustic methods to capture data on the diversity, distribution and associated behaviour around the inner islands and Amirantes. The methods used will include the use of binoculars and photography to visually identify species along side sea-bed mounted acoustic recording and detection devices that allow the recognition of marine mammals while under water / out of sight over prolonge
Project completion date : 2015-06-30 12:00:00
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