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  • Report on the Spiny Lobster Fishery: Lobster Survey Report 2020.

    Seychelles Fishing Authority; Seychelles Fishing Authority (Seychelles Fishing AuthorityVictoria, Seychelles, 2020-12)
    The spiny lobster fishery has been conventionally managed by seasonal closures and limited access (license-limited) regulations implemented by the Seychelles Fishing Authority. These regulations have been in force to limit fishers primarily targeting coastal and shallow water stocks, where abundance is limited and easily accessible. In the past, assessments of fisheries dependent data have shown several significant declines in the coastal stocks when too many licenses are allocated or when the fishery remains open for 3 to 4 consecutive seasons. Consequently, the stock status is determined by assessing both fisheries dependent and independent (surveys) data. Results obtained are provided to managers with advice on whether the fishery should be opened or remain closed. The 2019-2020 lobster fishing season was opened after remaining closed for two consecutive seasons (2017-2018, 2018-2019, Figure 1). In October 2020, as part of the Participatory Lobster Monitoring Programme (PLMP) a fisheries independent survey was carried out to assess stock status at 20 sites around Mahé. The aim of this paper is to present the results of the PLMP survey and to present information on several stock indicators based on the combined data collected from the survey and the 2019-2020 fishing season. Moreover, it provides several recommendations and advice to managers on both fishery and survey to decision making on whether the 2020-2021 fishing season should be opened or remain closed.
  • Mahé Plateau trap and line fishery co-management plan. [Fisheries Act, 2014 (Act 20 of 2014) Pursuant to section 5(7) of the Fisheries Act, the Minister responsible for fisheries hereby publish...]

    Government of Seychelles; Seychelles Fishing Authority (Seychelles Fishing AuthorityVictoria, Seychelles, 2020)
    The Mahé Plateau supports a demersal artisanal fishery that is critically important in providing local food security and economic development in Seychelles. The main species targeted by the hand line fishery are snappers, groupers and emperors whereas the trap fishery targets rabbitfish, parrotfish and emperors. However, over recent years fishers have raised concerns over decreasing catch rates and sizes of target species, and this has been supported by risk and stock assessments. These assessment results demonstrated multiple lines of evidence that overfishing on some of the major plateau fishery species is likely to be occurring and that management intervention is an urgent need. Sustainable resource management is also consistent with the vision of the Seychelles Government. Consistent with world's best practice the development of this plan followed principles of the Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management (EAFM), also a requirement of the Seychelles Government's Fisheries Act 2014. The development of the plan also heavily involved stakeholder consultation and input. This plan document presents the elements of the management plan for the Mahé plateau artisanal trap and line fishery. These elements are: 1. Objectives of the management plan, 2. Issues facing the fishery, 3. How the plan will be implemented, 4. Management strategies and regulations, 5. The Performance Measurement System, 6. Monitoring, Control and Surveillance (details included in a separate plan document), and 7. a plan review process. Central to the plan are management strategies and regulations that were developed to address fishery issues identified and prioritized by stakeholders, and evolved based on stakeholder feedback during the consultation process. The plan describes the intent of each management strategy/regulation and their rationale, and highlights aspects relevant to their successful implementation. Itwill be implemented in two phases over 24 months to ensure key measures can be introduced immediately, while other measures can be given the requisite time for their comprehensive development prior to implementation. The development of this fisheries management plan was initiated in 2007 and significantly developed in 2015 under the framework of a project between the Government of Seychelles (GOS) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and funded by a Global Environment Facility (GEF) grant.It was approved by Cabinetin 2017 for implementation of its two phases. Cabinet also approved the establishment of a Co-management Plan Implementation Committee that would address the concerns raised by stakeholders and fully involve them in the implementation of the plan. The Co-management Plan Implementation Committee was set up in January 2019 and the concerns of stakeholders addressed and resolved at its second meeting in March 2019. It is now gazetted for implementation.
  • Seychelles Fishing Authority Annual Report 2015-2016

    Seychelles Fishing Authority (Seychelles Fishing AuthorityVictoria, Seychelles., 2019)
  • Report on the Spiny Lobster Fishery: Lobster Survey Report 2019

    SFA Fisheries Research Section (Seychelles Fishing AuthorityVictoria, Seychelles, 2019)
  • Lobster Fishery Information Note.

    Seychelles Fishing Authority (Seychelles Fishing AuthorityVictoria, Seychelles, 2017)
  • Lobster Survey Report 2018.

    Seychelles Fishing Authority (Seychelles Fishing AuthorityVictoria, Seychelles, 2018)
    The spiny lobster fishery has traditionally been managed as a seasonal and limited access (license-limited) fishery. This is due to the fact that fishers only exploit the shallow water and coastal stocks which, limited in size, deplete rapidly when exploited. There have been several collapses of these coastal stocks in the past when too many licenses have been allowed, or when the fishery has been opened for more than 3 or 4 consecutive seasons. Consequently, the Seychelles Fishing Authority (SFA) assesses the status of the stock using fisheries dependent and fisheries independent (surveys) data and provides managers with advice on whether the fishery should be opened or remains closed.
  • Impact d'un développement thonier sur une économie insulaire: L'exemple des Seychelles.

    Michaud, P. (Seychelles Fishing AuthorityVictoria (Seychelles), 1991)
    The geographical redeployment of the French and Spanish tuna fleets in the Indian Ocean in 1983 and 1984 has had a considerable impact on the economic and social life of Seychelles. The utilization of the port of Victoria as a transshipment centre for purse seiners and longliners has created numerous jobs as stevedores, seamen, technicians in naval repair, etc. This activity has brought to the country an increasing amount of foreign exchange. This development of industrial tuna activity in Seychelles has only been possible as a result of considerable investment by Government in various infrastructures notably in the port sector. Expenses have also to be incurred in the control and follow-up of fishing operations. An important increase to the value added in Seychelles, can take place in future, only by the establishment of a national fleet and the building of docking facilities. Provision of storage facilities for longliners in the very short term would also be beneficial.
  • Mariculture Development in Seychelles and other Western Indian Ocean Island States: an Overview of Challenges and Prospects.

    Lesperance, Aubrey D.; Troell, M.; Hecht, T.; Beveridge, M.; Stead, S.; Bryceson, I.; Kautsky, N.; Mmochi, A.; Ollever, F. (Seychelles Fishing AuthorityVictoria, Seychelles, 2011)
    Seychelles has a relatively long history of prawn farming, which was established on Coetivy Island in 1989 by the Islands Development Company Ltd and the Seychelles Marketing Board and later taken over and managed by the latter. The farm comprised of two hatcheries and around 200 ponds and occupied an area of around 96 ha, and when in full production had a workforce of around 350 people (mainly Thai and Sri Lankan nationals). Production of Penaeus monodon (Black Tiger prawn) peaked at 1200 tonnes per annum in 2004, but by 2007 had declined to just under 400 tonnes (Fig. 1). Broodstcok w as imported from Madagascar and Mozambique. The product was held in high esteem internationally and locally (Hecht, 2009). For several reasons production at the prawn farm ceased in late 2008. Amongst others these included the high operational costs due to the location of the farm, which is situated approximately 300 km away from the inner islands and the difficulty to produce sufficient numbers of post larv ae for stocking into grow-out ponds and other private sector interests. Much of the hardware of the farm has been sold, but the pond infrastructure remains available for future developments.
  • Seychelles Artisanal Fisheries Statistics for 2014.

    Assan, C.N.; Lucas, J.L. (Seychelles Fishing AuthorityVictoria, Seychelles, 2015)
  • Fishery Independent Indices for the Seychelles Lobster Resource.

    SFA Fisheries Research (Seychelles Fishing AuthorityVictoria, Seychelles, 2014)
  • Seychelles artisanal fisheries statistics for 1990

    Mees, C.C. (Seychelles Fishing AuthorityVictoria, Seychelles, 1991)
  • Seychelles Fishing Authority Strategic Plan 2018-2020.

    Seychelles Fishing Authority (Seychelles Fishing AuthoritySeychelles, 2018)
  • Commercial sea cucumbers: a review for the western Indian Ocean.

    Conand, Chantal; Muthiga, Nyawira (Western Indian Ocean Marine Science AssociationZanzibar, Tanzania, 2007)
    Sea cucumbers (Holothurians) are a group of marine invertebrates that are harvested worldwide in tropical and subtropical countries. Over the past decades, a signi fi cant increase in the demand for sea cucumber has led to an explosion in exploitation often resulting in population declines in many producing nations. Because of the importance of sea cucumbers as a source of livelihood for many artisanal fi shers from developing countries and as a globally traded product, much interest has been generated for information on their biology, ecology and fi sheries management. Although management agencies and fi shing communities have recognized that sea cucumber fi sheries are in trouble worldwide, attempts at management have been largely unsuccessful due to several factors including: 1) the vulnerability of sea cucumbers to harvesting, 2) the artisanal nature of the fi shery that prevents fi sher communities from using alternative coping mechanisms and 3) the institutional and socio-economic barriers to management. Sea cucumber production has been declining in nations of the Western Indian Ocean in the last ten years. The reasons for the decline include: 1) a lack of ecological information for understanding species life histories, 2) a lack of understanding of the socio-economic realities of the fi shery and 3) inadequate monitoring and enforcement of fi shery regulations. The Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association (WIOMSA) as part of its aim to serve the information needs of resource managers and communities for the sustainable management of marine resources in the WIO, approved a ‘Regional Sea Cucumber Project’ in 2006. This review was prepared as the baseline study of the project and aims to provide a comprehensive synthesis of the current state of knowledge on sea cucumbers in the WIO. The information used in the review comes from many sources including journal articles, theses and dissertations, and reports on all aspects of sea cucumbers in the region. Although the report focuses on the fi ve countries (Kenya, La Reunion, Madagascar, Seychelles, Tanzania) that are involved in the project, a brief description of the status of sea cucumbers in other countries of the WIO is also included. It is hoped that this review contributes scienti fi c information that will support management efforts of sea cucumbers in the WIO and also serve as a useful reference for scientists and students interested in echinoderms in general and sea cucumbers in particular.
  • Seychelles Fishing Authority Annual report 1987.

    Jivan Shah, N. (Seychelles Fishing AuthoritySeychelles, 1988)
  • Report on the Spiny lobster fishery: Summary of Fishing Activity for the 2015-2016 season.

    Seychelles Fishing Authority (Seychelles Fishing Authority Fisheries Research SectionMahe, Seychelles, 2016)
    The Seychelles artisanal spiny lobster fishery targets shallow water lobster stocks around the main granitic islands. The main species of lobsters caught are Homard Grosse Tete ( Panulirus penicillatus ), Homard Rouge ( P. longipes) , Homard Vert ( P. versicolor ) and Porcellene ( P. ornatus ). The preferred habitats for these species are fringing carbonate reefs and granite reefs which provide good shelter for the lobsters. The spiny lobster fishery in Seychelles is a licensed and seasonally - managed fishery with fishers applying for licences prior to the opening of the season, which typically last 3 months in duration.
  • SFA Fisheries Statistical Report 2014.

    Seychelles Fishing Authority (Seychelles Fishing AuthoritySeychelles, 2014)
    This Statistical bulletin presents statistics for purse seine fishery, semi industrial longline fishery, artisanal fishery, vessel port activities and expenditures, and fisheries import and export for the year 2013 and 2014.
  • SFA Fisheries Statistical Report 2014 Semester 1.

    Seychelles Fishing Authority (Seychelles Fishing AuthoritySeychelles, 2014)
    This Statistical bulletin presents statistics for purse seine fishery, semi industrial longline fishery, artisanal fishery, vessel port activities and expenditures, and fisheries export for the year 2013 and up to first semester of 2014. The figures presented for the industrial longline fishery are for years 2012 and 2013.
  • SFA Fisheries Statistical Report 2015.

    Seychelles Fishing Authority (Seychelles Fishing AuthoritySeychelles, 2015)
    This Statistical bulletin presents statistics for purse seine fishery, semi industrial longline fishery, artisanal fishery, vessel port activities and expenditures, and fisheries import and export for the year 2014 and 2015.
  • SFA Fisheries Statistical Report 2015 Semester 1.

    Seychelles Fishing Authority (Seychelles Fishing AuthoritySeychelles, 2015)
    This report provides statistical and economic information of key fisheries of the Seychelles and is published bi-annually. This volume contains fisheries statistics for purse seine, industrial longline, semi industrial longline and artisanal fishery in addition to fisheries statistics in port Victoria and fisheries export information.
  • Seychelles Fishing Authority Annual report 2014.

    Seychelles Fishing Authority (Seychelles Fishing AuthoritySeychelles, 2017)
    2014 marked the 30th anniversary of the formation of the Seychelles Fishing Authority (SFA) with the enactment of the Seychelles Fishing Authority (Establishment) Act 1984. In 1984 the arrival of mainly French and Spanish purse seiners from the Atlantic brought a huge transformation to the fisheries sector and to the Seychelles economy in general. This was even more important to what happened to the tourism industry with the opening of the Seychelles International Airport in 1971.

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