The Aquaculture Section within the SFA was established with the aim of managing, coordinating, undertaking research and development, and ensuring that the regulations for aquaculture are properly adhered to.A sound aquaculture Section will ensure that the Aquaculture Sector Development Plan will contribute to the long-term sustainability of the Seychelles economy in line with its Fisheries and Blue Economy strategies.

The Aquaculture Section currently comprises of four staff; a Principal Aquaculture Officer, a Senior Aquaculture Officer, a Senior Aquaculture Technician and an Aquaculture Technician.

Seychelles Aquaculture is a Government initiative for the development of marine aquaculture in the country. 

 

Done to date 

Mariculture Master Plan.

The process of developing the Mariculture Master Plan (MMP) commenced in 2007 with a Rapid Assessment Study to gauge public and private opinion as to the desirability of developing marine aquaculture in Seychelles. Based on the positive response a comprehensive Scoping Study followed in 2009, to assess the opportunities and constraints to developing an offshore mariculture industry and to assess the need for a Master Plan to drive the rational development of the sector. The Scoping Study revealed strong institutional support for the development of an environmentally responsible mariculture sector. This led to initiation of a process to develop a Mariculture Master Plan (MMP) in 2011.

In-depth Research:

Research this past 5 years has entailed the following studies:

  • Scoping studies
  • Identifying suitable ocean sites
  • Candidate species selection
  • Economic modeling for production potential
  • Stakeholder engagement

 Environmental & Social Impact Assessment

Golder Associates Africa (Pty Ltd) undertook an Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) in order to determine the potential positive and negative impacts of the proposed development of an aquaculture industry on both the bio-physical and socio-cultural environments. The ESIA evaluated impacts and will thereafter recommend mitigation measures to either avoid or reduce negative impacts and enhance positive impacts of the sector.

Golder made recommendations for further data to be collected and associated monitoring that will need to be implemented prior to the sector being implemented and which should continue throughout its operation. The ESIA assessed for potential impacts related to the following aspects:

  • Water quality & water quantity
  • Sensitive habitats and biodiversity
  • Socio-economics within the Seychelles
  • Societal changes
  • Noise and visual aesthetics
  • Coral reefs
  • Waste processing and management
  • Ichthyology, fisheries and aquaculture practices
  • Oceanography
  • Archaeology and cultural heritage
  • Existing infrastructure
  • Fisheries and markets
  • Fish species suitability

The Aquaculture is currently being developed into a new Division within the SFA to ensure that the sector is adequately supported and managed.