As we see the end of the first 6 months of 2012 GVI Seychelles is now ready to produce it’s bi-annual science report, containing information on all the surveys and research conducted over the past 6 months. With the help and hard work of the GVI Seychelles staff and volunteers we have managed to survey 12 Core research sites on the reefs surrounding North-West Mahe. This includes surveying over 34,938m of coral reefs!!
Volunteers joining the GVI Seychelles expedition over the past 6 months were assigned to either fish, corals or inverts, throughout the early weeks of their expedition they were taught to identify and survey a selection of target species which have been chosen by our projects partners, each one giving valuable information about the health of the coral reefs around Mahe.
During the past six months we have collected data on the density and diversity of commercial and reef fish species, the percentage of benthic cover (sessile organisms living on the reef), density and diversity of invertebrates on the reefs and diversity and abundance of coral genera. In addition to these main aims we have also collected numerous plankton samples to assist with ongoing whale shark research within the Seychelles and recorded interesting data on turtle behavior within the Bay Ternay Marine Park.
All of the information collected in the past 6 months will be sent to our project partners within the Seychelles, which
include, The Seychelles National Parks Authority, Seychelles Fishing Authority and Marine Conservation Society Seychelles. In the past this data has been used by the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network, which produces publications detailing reef health around the world.
As we look back over the past 6 months we are able to see the magnitude and importance of the data collected by the staff and volunteers of GVI Seychelles. Only through the education and research provided by projects such as GVI are we able to see the how crucial conservation and management of marine protected areas is in ensuring the sustainability and health of Coral reefs surrounding the Islands of the Seychelles.
If you would like further information on the research carried out by GVI Seychelles please visit the website http://www.gvi.co.uk/programs/marine-conservation-seychelles-expedition