Seychelles first FAD Cleanup expedition bear’s fruit

This morning, the Saya de Malha vessel made its return to Port Victoria after a 10-day expedition of the first FAD Clean-up exercise in Seychelles. The crew left Mahé for the Amirantes group of islands on the 18th of October 2022 in order to physically collect and remove FADs and debris washed up on reefs, lagoons, and the shores. The first stop for the vessel was at “Banc Africains”, where 1 FAD and 1 Transponder was retrieved. The vessel then proceeded to Remire island where only a few buoys were collected. The next stop was D’Arros Island where nothing was found. 11 FADs with their transponders were collected in the lagoon of St. Joseph island and these included a lot of ropes as well. Then the ship headed to Desroches island, where only a few ropes, buoys and transponders were collected. Upon leaving Desroches, the ship collected 5 FADs with some buoys and ropes at Poivre Island. The next three islands were Etoile, Boudeuse and Alphonse, where nothing was found. The last stop was at St. Francois where 5 FADs, a few ropes, buoys and transponders were collected. In total 21 FADs were collected.
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