Hi, I am Megan Dine, I am 21 years old and I live at La Louise. I am currently studying environmental science at the University of Seychelles.
I chose this course because I am all about protecting our wildlife and biodiversity, especially endangered species suche as sea turtles which are now critically endangered. I enjoy going on hikes and snorkeling trips on weekend with my classmates. This course has given me the chance to experience the workings of a conservationist, exploring different vegetation both endemic and introduced species to our islands, marine and terrestrial life. The eco-academia club based at the University gives us the chance to do activities, like vegetation rehabilitation that was done on North island, water sampling at Val D’en dor and even beach clean-ups around Mahé.
I have started my work attachment at CICP (Cerf Island Conservation Program as part of an MCSS (Marine Conservation Society Seychelles) project and it is going pretty well for my first day.
I heard about MCSS when I had a class visit to the Wildlife conservation and rehabilitation Center at the Banyan Tree. In fact, during the presentation I stumbled across the restoration project on Cerf which sparked my interest in applying for my internship.
The Cerf Island project interests me because I want to learn more on how to protect and restore coral reefs. So today I learned the basics of what is a coral, their benefits and threats as well as their different types of life forms as part of their reef building characteristics. Our first activity of the morning was beach cleaning which was followed by a lecture then snorkeling near l’habitation. The last activity was a small hike to the view point and cemetery as we were introduced to all the spots tourists are curious about upon arriving to Cerf Island.