Recent Submissions

  • 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.
  • 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)
  • 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.
  • Report on the Spiny lobster fishery: Summary of Fishing Activity for the 2013-2014 Season.

    SFA Fisheries Research Section (Seychelles Fishing AuthorityVictoria, Seychelles, 2014)
    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.
  • Report on the Spiny lobster fishery: Fishery and stock status after two consecutive opened seasons (2010-2011 & 2011-2012).

    Robinson, Jan; Dorizo, Juliette; Assan, Cindy (Seychelles Fishing AuthorityVictoria, Seychelles, 2012)
    The spiny lobster fishery is an artisanal fishery that targets the shallow water lobster stocks around the main granitic islands of Seychelles. The main species of spiny lobsters caught in Seychelles are Homard Grosse Tete (Panulirus penicillatus), Homard Rouge (P. longipes) , Homard Vert (P. versicolor) and Porcellene (P. ornatus).
  • The Seychelles Spiny Lobster Fishery: Fishery and Stock Status: 2005-2008.

    Robinson, Jan; Dorizo, Juliette; Assan, Cindy (Seychelles Fishing AuthorityVictoria, Seychelles, 2009)
    The spiny lobster fishery is an artisanal fishery that targets the shallow water lobster stocks around the main granitic islands of Seychelles . Spiny lobsters are harvested at night by fishermen hand collecting using torches and snorkelling gear or, to a lesser extent, SCUBA gear. Bamboo traps are also used but account for a small percentage of catch.
  • The Seychelles Spiny Lobster Fishery: Fishery and Stock Status: 2010-2013.

    Govinden, Rodney; Hollanda, Stephanie (Seychelles Fishing AuthorityVictoria, Seychelles, 2013)
    The Seychelles artisanal spiny lobster fishery targets shallow water lobster stocks around the main granitic islands. .
  • Seychelles Artisanal Fisheries Statistics for 2013.

    Assan, C.L.; Lucas, J.L. (Seychelles Fishing AuthorityVictoria, Mahe, Seychelles, 2015)
    During 2013, a total of 4150.4Mt of fish was landed on Mahé, Praslin and La Digue by approximately 417 fishing boats where 87.3% of the total catch was landed on Mahé. The total artisanal catch and the number of vessels increased by 1644Mt and 4 vessels (excluding sport fishing vessels) respectively compared to 2012.
  • Seychelles Artisanal Fisheries Statistics for 2012.

    Assan, C.N.; Lucas, J.L. (Seychelles Fishing AuthorityVictoria, Mahe, Seychelles, 2015)
    During 2012, a total of 2506.4 Mt of fish was landed on Mahé, Praslin and La Digue by approximately 412 fishing boats where 84.2% of the total catch was landed on Mahé. The total artisanal catch decreased by 3364.6Mt whilst the number of boats operating increased by 13 vessels (excluding sport fishing vessels) respectively compared to 2011.
  • Seychelles Artisanal Fisheries Statistics for 2010.

    Assan, C.N.; Lucas, J.L. (Seychelles Fishing AuthorityVictoria, Mahe, Seychelles, 2014)
    During 2010, a total of 2596.6 MT of fish was landed on Mahé, Praslin and La Digue by approximately 415 fishing boats where 91% of the total catch was landed on Mahé. The total artisanal catch and the number of boats operating decreased by 431 MT and 36 vessels (excluding sport fishing vessels) respectively compared to 2009.
  • Seychelles Artisanal Fisheries Statistics for 2011.

    Assan, C.N.; Lucas, J.L. (Seychelles Fishing AuthorityMahe, Seychelles, 2014)
    During 2011, a total of 2867.5 MT of fish was landed on Mahé, Praslin and La Digue by approximately 424 fishing boats where 91% of the total catch was landed on Mahé. The total artisanal catch increased by 270.9MT whilst the number of boats operating decreased by 14.6 vessels (excluding sport fishing vessels) respectively compared to 2010.

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