Seychelles first FAD Cleanup expedition bear’s fruit
When conducting their operations, at each stop the ship anchored as close as possible to the island. The small boat was lowered into the water and a team was sent ashore to scout the island’s beaches for FADs. Simultaneously, the small boat scanned the reefs and lagoons. The crew reported that highest concentration of FADs was on the beach or along the beach, in shallow waters.
The expedition was met with some challenges including bad weather, which caused some difficulties to lower the small boat used for retreival; which meant that the crew had to search manually to find them; and tide movements which limited the time frame when they could operate in the lagoons or close to the islands.
“For the first time, this operation was a success. We managed to clear 21 FADs plus other items, like buoys and ropes, which if left, would have been harmful to the environment and ecosystem. It also gave us an indication of how the situation is, in regards to FADs that are left adrift. Hopefully we can conduct another operation soon, to cover other islands which were not included in this trip.” Said SDF Ship Station Commander, Major Ivel Ernesta.
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