In the last week we have had two sets of helping hands arrive on set. In the quest for conservation we have a local student from Mahe as well as an another ex-pat from France. Read on to meet these smiling individuals who have decided that marine conservation is the way to go.
"Hey, My name is Aishah and I’m 17 years old. I’m in my 2nd year at the Seychelles Maritime Academy (SMA) on my work base attachment with the Cerf Island Conservation Project (CICP) for 1 month. The Seychelles maritime academy is a training centre for young students (age17+) where you learn more about the marine industry itself. There are 3 advance course available :
For my second work base attachment which was in November 2015 I was at the Marine Conservation Society of Seychelles (MCSS) wildlife centre at the Banyan Tree working on sea turtle and terrapins. I enjoyed my attachment there so much I wanted another one with MCSS and found the CICP. I’ve gained so much knowledge about coral reefs, and it’s only been one week! Everyone is so friendly and the environment is so warm and refreshing.
So far we have been really busy working on and installing the coral nurseries. We’ve been in the water every day and I’ve already taken my first clients on the hiking path; everything so far has turned out great! :)"
Happy to have you aboard for the month Aisha!
Now meet Richard!
"I am Richard, I am 23 years old and I live in Toulouse, France. I am student in biology of organisms, populations and environment.
Roller skating, scuba diving and others outdoor activities are my hobbies. I have always been fascinated by nature and animals, passionate about reptiles (especially snakes) and marines turtles. I like to travel a lot, particularly to tropical countries like Australia and Thailand.
I decided to do a gap year to travel and work on different projects about environment conservation and protection. When I was in Thailand, I worked on organic farms to learn about permaculture whereas now I am in Seychelles because I want to actively participate in marine life protection.
Coral reef protection is a very important step to conserving the marine fauna. So after achieving my Open Water certification, I went on Cerf Island to help MCSS and the CICP in their conservation project and to learn more about marine biology.
I hope to learn as much as I can regarding reefs and all the effective conservation efforts I can apply and teach others as I strive to become a marine biologist."
Welcome to the Cerf Island Richard and Aisha,
Here's to an exciting and productive few weeks together.