Seeing the loss of corals in Seyshelles, a conventional organization has launched the first ever corals nursery on land to backup for the loss of many corals in case of seawater warming in the future.

The chairperson of the Anse Forbans Community Conservation Programme, Lisa Booyse, said that Seychelles need to prepare for many corals bleaching disaster to come in the future. Booyse said the number of corals here are decreasing due to human destruction, anchorage and marine pollution.

“It is essential that we maintain our corals for our livelihoods, fish stock and to protect our beaches from erosion and flooding. As a community, we all need to start to realise the situation,” mentioned Booyse.

The project was just launched on 10 February by a non-profit organization called Anse Forban from the southern Maha district of Takamaka, with the help from the Marine Conservation Society Seychelles, DoubleTree Resort and Spa, and the Mauritius Commercial Bank.

The project is divided into two sections: firstly, a sea nursery that including planting of coral in the sea and secondly, an on-land corals nursery. The second section acts as a backup plan for the loss of the sea corals due to coral bleaching disaster that may happen in the future in Seychelles. Since Seychelles has experienced water warming which caused the death of many corals, it is good for the city to have a backup plan in case anything like this happen again.

The general manager of DoubleTree, Doreen D' Souza said that the project open to their guests and any other guests that want to visit the on-land corals nursery project:

“Also, every Tuesday, we will organise a short talk with guests by one of the volunteers. During our management cocktail every Wednesday, the guests will have another chance to catch up with the project update as another volunteer will be present to give the update,”

Corals bleaching has happened in Seychelles once in 1998, when 97% of the coral was die which cause the collapse of many reefs around the island.

Up to now, the chairperson of the Marine Conversation Society Seychelles, David Rowat, is happy to say that the corals are still doing well, and there are no signs of coral bleaching that may happen soon. According to a brief report from the western Indian Ocean for 2017 said that since the coral bleaching disaster in 1998, the corals here are showing good sign of recovery.

Lisa hope the project will help to educate the community about the importance of corals:

“I am hoping in the form of awareness and education for a quicker result. The corals will take 9 months before we can transplant them back into the ocean. But in the meantime, we need to spread the awareness of our actions and the impact it makes on corals,”

(source: seychellesnewsagency)