After four long weeks today is my last day here on Cerf Island. It was a challenging task but it has been a different adventure from my own perspective to what I was expecting. In these past weeks I have learned about the coral reefs here on Cerf, their genus and their family and I have also encountered different marine species.
In the beginning I was overwhelmed because the names were new to me but in time I understood and started to enjoy the ocean more now that I have new information about the different corals. I also learned about the different butterfly and angel fish found all around the inner islands of Seychelles. They are mostly colorful creatures but there were also further unpredictable approaches from other creatures. For example I saw lemon shark pups occasionally in the shallow parts of the reef, they are adorable. I also encountered many feather tailed rays and once a sting ray beautiful flawless cartilaginous marine organisms. Not to forget the diverse variety of corals found on the Cerf reef. Every day we would go out and have a snorkeling session (which is great if you’re a fanatic and an ocean lover), I participated in the construction of the coral nurseries and artificial reef projects. They are still a work in progress as it will take a while before we see the results but in time we will find the greatness in this smart project.
Mainly CICP is focused on re building the reefs and making it healthier which is important since the Cerf reefs have been under the influence of the several EL NINO events, the Tsunami a few years back, and many negative human impacts (such as boating, illegal fishing, anchoring, etc…). Our economy not only depends on tourists but on the ocean as well this is one of the reasons why people go through great lengths to come and visit our diverse oceans and to explore and savour its natural beauty. So to be fair in order to keep a balanced and eco friendly environment for both human activities and marine life we must stop our bad habits and help protect and preserve our oceans not only for this generation but for our great grand children as well.