Recent Submissions

  • 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.
  • 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.

    Ali Bandar, Daniel; Ranaivoson, Eulalie; Sweenarain, Soobaschand; Yvergniaux, Yann (Commission de l'Océan IndienEbéne, Maurice, 2014)
  • The fisheries policy of the Republic of Seychelles

    Anon. (Victoria : Seychelles Fishing Authority, 2005)
    The fisheries policy of the Government of Seychelles was first drafted in 1986. At that time, both the industrial and artisanal fisheries in Seychelles were in a developmental stage and the policy reflected the needs to promote both the development and conservation of our marine resources as well as maximizing benefits. In 1985 the number of licenses issued for the industrial tuna fishery was 49 for the purse seiners and 165 for longliners with an annual purse seine catch of 130,000 tonnes. The total catch for the industrial purse seine fishery has continued to rise and peaked at around 407, 000 tonnes in the year 2003. The artisanal fishing fleet has declined from 410 vessels in 1985 to 330 in the year 2003, however, the nature of the fleet has changed dramatically. The artisanal fleet is now entirely mechanized and consists of larger and better equipped vessels with improved safety facilities. The total annual catch of the artisanal fishery has remained relatively constant since fisheries data has been collected, however increasing effort in terms of mandays at sea and the more accurate positioning systems currently used are a cause for concern. Lower recruitment of fish stocks and localized over-fishing has been noted in some of the fisheries data sectors. The change in both the industrial tuna fishery catch and the artisanal fleet composition is a direct reflection of the rapid rise of technological innovations to improve fishing effectiveness. In addition, the development of new fisheries and marine resource related operations such as the semi-industrial long-line fishery, crustacean fisheries and aquaculture have taken place. From the relatively simple fisheries, in terms of gear, positioning and fish finding technologies, in the mid eighties, fishing operations have progressed significantly to include modern fishing equipment, gears and improved boat design, with the support and development of the Seychelles Fishing Authority (SFA). With respect to the goals and objectives outlined in the 1986 Fisheries Policy in relation to development, management and research, the SFA has managed to achieve 2 these, within the present framework of the fisheries legislation and management policies. In the light of these, and other developments, a decision was taken to reformulate the Fisheries Policy and to bring it more in line with the changing nature of all aspects of fisheries in Seychelles. To continue maintaining the sustainability of all fisheries undertaken in Seychelles waters, increased emphasis needs to be placed on manpower development, monitoring, control and surveillance, research and management. Nevertheless the main points indicated in the past policy are still relevant and have been refined and expanded upon where necessary to reflect the move towards a fisheries policy that encompasses all present and future aspects of fisheries in Seychelles. Needless to say, this policy will be reviewed and updated whenever required to take into consideration new developments which may arise.