Let me introduce myself so to begin my name is Maëva (I’m the little one at the left !), I’m french but i hate cheese, (I know I know it’s weird but every french person doesn’t walk around every day with a beret and a baguette under their arm!), 24 years old, and I will start my second year of Master’s of Marine science at Sorbonne Université in september !
I’m here since the begining of August and i will stay until the 2nd of September. I chose to work with MCSS and more particulary with Cerf Island Conservation Project, it ‘s because I’m really interested by the sea since I’m super young. Indeed my parents offered me very early the love of the nature and how we have to respect it. That why I had naturaly chose this way and I hope to find work in the marine conservation. I’m more specifically interested by corals. they are so amazing ! No really they have so many different colors, shapes that you can imagine. Moreover they are essentiel for a marine life because they give habitat for a lot of fish, they are also food for some of them but unfortunately they are very weak… Cause of the numerous extremes climactic events in the last few years like the increase of sea surface temperature, the violent cyclones and also anthropique impact (pollution, destruction of reefs for construction, anchoring).
But don’t worry before it becomes a catastrophic scenario, some people at MCSS try to find solutions and restore the reef before it is too late.
So since the beginning of the month my colleague and I, take care of the nurseries cleaning the algae and the sediment, and normally the next week we will start the transplantation of the 300 biggest corals from the nurseries to the dammaged reef!
Hello I’m Audrey S., an American Master’s student. I have my Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Central Florida. I’m 24 years old. I live in Miami, Florida. Since graduating in Spring 2016 from UCF, I participated in an internship in the South of France focused on microplastics. I also volunteer at a horse farm and with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission in South Florida trapping invasive iguana species, the black spiny tail and the green iguana, from the native landscape. Florida is home to tons of invasive species, its warm waters and tropical, humid temperatures sustain many species that were brought in either through the pet trade or via manmade activities.
I’m currently working on my Masters in Veterinary Forensic Sciences and plan on attending veterinary school in the USA next September. Although my passion is veterinary medicine, I have always found myself interested in marine biology and sustaining the marine environment from human-caused distress. Therefore with maeva, I decided to do a one-month internship in the framework of my interest in marine biology, and I fortunately received the opportunity to participate in the CICP Project of MCSS on Cerf Island, Seychelles. The internship will consist of identifying coral and turtles species near Cerf Island and also maintaining and cleaning the open-water coral nurseries found close to the island.
I am looking forward to learning more about the Seychelles, the culture here, the native customs and traditions, and learning more about the human activities / natural events that plague the coral reefs and native species. I’m also interested in becoming able to identify corals and fish, work on my free diving skills, and overall enjoy this amazing opportunity ! :-)
We will keep you updated on our progress !
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