The Fisherman’s Cove reef rehabilitation project is a cooperative project with Le
Meridien Fisherman’s Cove Hotelin Beau Vallon, North West Mahe. The project started
in January 2016 with the development of a snorkel trail in the hotel’s ‘Unlock the
Sea’ programme. The trail includes underwater Giant Tortoise artwork, an underwater
letter box where resort guests can post waterproof postcards to their family and
friends, and some of the MCSS ocean-based coral nurseries, a very popular addition
to the programme.
However, in 2016 there was a severe bleaching episode and in 2017 our project was
extended to help to restore the reef.
The programme now has seven in-water coral nurseries raising some 350 coral fragments
and also two on-land coral tanks capable of holding 100 coral fragments each, the
first such nursery in Seychelles. The on-land nursery was opened on the 26th September
2017 by the Minister of the Environment, Mr. Didier Dogley, to mark the 20th anniversary
of the Marine Conservation Society Seychelles.
Since then the coral tanks system has been fine tuned to provide the correct conditions
for growing healthy corals and has become a focal point for guests coming to and
from the beach. It serves as a great educational tool also with several schools having
visited already and with several overseas students using the facility for projects
and thesis work.
With the nurseries in full swing there is always a need for interested volunteers
to help on this project. Please complete a volunteer application form and send it
through to us. For the latest information please visit our Fisherman’s Cove Blog.