Thursday, 16 February 2017

New beginnings for GIF

My first month as Green Islands Foundation General Manager

New faces at GIF- Wilna and Terence 
It has been a little over a month since I took over the position stepping in a very big pair of shoes left by Arjan de Groene. January was equally a busy start for GIF with the monitoring of threatened fish species kick-starting  and with preparations to move on to the shooting phase of the mynah eradication on North island. As I came in, I jumped straight into things with the guidance and help of our Project manager, Jennifer.

Thursday, 19 January 2017

My experience on the Myna eradication project- Ellie Moulinie

Ellie checking the decoy traps
My internship on North Island was a great experience!

The sea was quite rough but we arrived safely. Jeremy was there to greet Dillys and I when we arrived then it was off to the rat room. Jeremy showed us to our house in the village followed by lunch. In the afternoon we went to the office where we met CJ and Tarryn and i was briefed about the Myna eradication project. That same day we went on an afternoon round to visit the sites where the cages where situated and Jeremy guided us on how to go about feeding the Decoys, how to handle a Myna and the procedures taken when a Myna was caught. We were lucky that day as Jeremy saved a Myna for Dillys to kill. She was so excited!! 

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Saving the Seychelles White-Eye on North Island

Seychelles White-Eye (copyright North Island)
The Seychelles White-eye (Zosterops modestus) is an endangered passerine bird species endemic to the Seychelles, currently found on four granitic islands, including North Island. Over the last two years the North Island environment team has been implementing an active island rehabilitation programme, and recently with the help of Green Islands Foundation and Wildwings Management, have initiated a Myna Eradication program.

Friday, 21 October 2016

Green Islands Foundation kicks off threatened fish species project!

Yesterday, Green Islands Foundation had the pleasure of starting a new fisheries project entitled: THE DEVELOPMENT OF A CO-MANAGEMENT PLAN, DESIGNED BY FISHERS, TO MINIMISE THE IMPACT OF THE SEYCHELLES ARTISANAL FISHERY ON THREATENED SPECIES with an inception workshop for Mahe fishermen at the SFA Training room in Victoria.

With this new project Green Islands Foundation wants to investigate and propose ways to reduce the Seychelles artisanal fishery’s impact on globally threatened species. Using a new approach, GIF will do this by facilitating artisanal fishers to formulate solutions to this issue themselves. The workshop marked the official start of this 2.5 year project funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and Conservation International Japan under the GEF Satoyama initiative. During the workshop the project goals and expected outcomes were presented to fisher communities on Mahe and to the project partners such as the Seychelles Fishing Authority (SFA).

Sunday, 9 October 2016

My experience as a Myna eradication volunteer by Maxine Little

The team setting up the traps
Coming into North on the staff boat, the first impression packs a punch. The water is impossibly blue and clear and the granite peaks stand out in stark contrast. Two months in, this place is still enrapturing us with its beauty every day.