Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Celebrating Sea Turtles at the Seychelles Sea Turtle Festival 2016

Children playing the Turtle wheel of fortune!
Green Islands Foundation showed up once again with lots of fun activities and educational games at the family fun day for the Seychelles Sea Turtle Festival held on 6th August 2016. With the help of North Island environment staff, we made sure everybody who visited our stand learnt a little bit more about one of the most charismatic marine species, sea turtles, and why we should protect them.

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Brown Noddy Census and Green Turtle Season

Sooty terns landing amongst the plastic models
With Janske & Martijn going on their one month leave at the end of May, it was up to Tommy and me to keep things ticking over on Denis Island. We began to carry out island tours and evening presentations for the hotel guests. Whilst enabling us to improve on our knowledge of the island, the tours offered us an opportunity to interact with guests. We are able to chat with new people on a regular basis. Given we are on an isolated island where we recognise almost everyone; it does make a welcome change (although we ran into a few troubles with guests who didn’t speak English. I tried my very best to remember my basic GCSE French to no real avail).

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Learning about sharks with Praslin fishermen and schoolchildren

Group photo with the children from
Grand Anse Praslin primary
Shark education by Green Islands Foundation is not only limited to the main island Mahe, but to everyone in Seychelles. That is why last weekend we went to Praslin to meet with a group of fishermen and school children to raise awareness on sharks. The workshops were organized as part of the "Shark Fin Soup" project being implemented by the Fishermen and Boat Owner's Association (FBOA) in collaboration of the Seychelles Fishing Authority (SFA) and GIF.

Thursday, 30 June 2016

GIF at the National Expo 2016

Participants at the GIF section
Once again this year the Green Islands Foundation participated in the National Expo at Roche Caiman on the 26th and 29th June 2016. The goal of the expo was to celebrate 40 years of Seychelles Independence and for this a number of organizations and businesses were invited to showcase their products and activities to the general public. This was a great opportunity for GIF to show all of Seychelles the conservation activities we carry out and some of our project deliverables.

Monday, 2 May 2016

Tommy's musings and reflections on volunteering for GIF on Denis Island

House reef (Tommy Fieldsend)
Tucked away in the far north-east corner of the Seychelles Archipelago lies Denis Private Island, a tiny speck of emerald glinting in the Indian Ocean. Denis is home to some truly remarkable animals, and so, as any budding zoologist would, I jumped at the chance to spend six months working in this special place.