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Cap Ternay Completes the Bi-annual science report, Mahe, Seychelles

GVI Seychelles – November Achievements

Throughout the last six months the staff and volunteers at Cap Ternay have been collecting data on 12 coral reef sites across the North West coastline of Mahe.

GVI Seychelles works in partnership with three core projects to look at the health and diversity of coral reefs in the Seychelles waters. Over the last 6 months we have worked closely with the Seychelles National Parks Authority to assess the effectiveness of the marine parks, Seychelles Fishing Authority to research the density and diversity of commercial fish stocks and Marine Conservation Society Seychelles to understand feeding habits of Whale Sharks and collect information on other megafauna seen within the marine parks.

During the last six months the volunteers have been trained in identification of both fish and coral species and taught methodologies on how to accurately collect the data needed. The coral surveys completed have focused on understanding and identifying recruitment and growth rates of hard coral genera, while the volunteers trained in fish surveys have been looking at the abundance of reef fish and the abundance and bio-mass of commercially important fish species.

Cap Ternay’s Science Co-ordinator Lee Cassidy believes “it has been a hugely successful past six months with a large amount of important and interesting data collected, having such a long running and continuous data set means the information we have gathered is incredibly valuable”.

In 1998 a severe coral bleaching event occurred which effected many coral reefs around the world, including the inner granitic islands of the Seychelles. In 2004 GVI began monitoring the recovery of these coral reefs . The surveys we have completed are aimed towards assessing the health and recovery of the coral reefs and allow us to make comparisons with coral reefs around the globe.

To find out more, please see out current programs in Seychelles, our blog, or feel free to contact us for more information.

Amigos de Sian Ka’an, Mexican Local Partners, New Protected Area Establishment

GVI Mexico – September Achievements

Since 2003 GVI Mexico has been working in partnership with Amigos de Sian Ka’an, a local nongovernmental organization (NGO) and the oldest in the state of Quintana Roo. Since 1986 Amigos de Sian Ka’an has been carrying on different programmes to preserve the natural resources of the state. Their aim is to conserve biodiversity by promoting and influencing the culture and environmental policies based on science. One of their first projects was to promote the establishment of Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve as it is now. So far, together with other organizations, they have managed to preserve 1,000, 000 hectares by buying land in key areas in the Yucatan Peninsula and lobbying the creation of protected areas, which is also contributing to the Mesoamerican Biological corridor.

Recently, after many years of work, in September 2012 the National Protected Areas Commission (CONANP) established, by Mexican presidential decree, a new protected area covering almost 38,000 hectares (94,000 acres) of wetland, coastal, and marine ecosystems in Cozumel Island, Quintana Roo (fig.1&2). This accomplishment significantly benefits the conservation of numerous endemic species and subspecies, the well preserved local ecosystems, the Mesoamerican Reef, and the island’s population with the high ecotourism potential of Cozumel.

This fundamental step for Quintana Roo’s sustainable development was possible because of Cozumel society and fishing cooperatives commitment, the agreements among the municipal government, the state government (that formally protected 19,000 hectares, 47,000 acres of forests and wetlands in Cozumel) with CONANP, as well as the interest of the State Water Commission.

Many members of Amigos de Sian Ka’an participated in making this declaration possible. Amigos de Sian Ka’an participation in this project was possible because of the support from the North American Wetland Conservation Act (NAWCA), The Nature Conservancy, the Summit Foundation through the Mesoamerican Reef Tourism Initiative (MARTI), and ASK own funds generated with the generosity of their benefactors.

To find out more about the work going on in Mexico, have a look at our current programs, our blog, or feel free to contact us for more information.