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.

 

During the period from 2011 to 2015, a number of technical studies, regulatory frameworks, reports and data was generated, as part of the MMP. The MMP was finalized at the end of 2015. 

Indepth Research

Research this past 5 years has entailed the following studies:

  1. Scoping studies

  2. Identifying suitable ocean sites

  3. Candidate species selection

  4. Economic modelling for production potential

  5. Stakeholder engagement

Regulatory Framework

From 2011 - 2015 the regulatory framework for aquaculture in the Seychelles was compiled. This framework includes various standards, guidelines and licence conditions which will ensure aquaculture is conducted in a sustainable, environmentally-friendly, and ethical fashion in the Seychelles.

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 ESIA received Notice of Acceptance on 9 February 2017.

Market Research

Market research is an ongoing initiative in order to attract investors to Seychelles and to create relationships which which will support development of the sector.

Infrastructure Design & Construction

During 2016, the initial necessary facilities, to kick-start the sector, were designed.

 

These facilities are:

  1. Broodstock & Quarantine Holding Facility

  2. Research & Development Facility

  3. Pilot Project Cage Site

Each facility plays an important role in developing a sustainable aquaculture in the Seychelles by enabling skills development, ensuring healthy local broodstock and implementing a pilot project for finfish culture. 

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