SEYCHELLES FISHING AUTHORITY SERVICES
The aquaculture team is responsible for various activities related to developing the aquaculture sector, information sharing, service delivery and marketing for future investors.
REGULATORY CONTROL & LICENCES
Regulations determine how aquaculture operations should operate, including preventing escapes of farmed fish and ensuring fish health and the health of other aquaculture animals. Ensuring good fish health includes measures to prevent the spread of diseases.
Once legislation is gazetted in 2017, the team will provide regulatory advice, answer queries, issue licences, process permits and leases.
A licence is an administrative decision and is offered to applicants who meet the requirements specified in the rules and regulations governing aquaculture activities.
RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT
The Seychelles Aquaculture Research and Development Facility at Anse Royale (Mahé) will be a multi-species tropical finfish and invertebrate hatchery, science hub, visitors centre, and Centre of Excellence for aquaculture in the Western Indian Ocean Region. The facility aims to conduct research and provide technical support, skills development and training to develop and advance aquaculture in Seychelles and the Western Indian Ocean Region, while promoting public awareness and enthusiasm for development of this sector.
Furthermore, the facility can play an important role in providing monitoring and research functions which are pivotal to addressing the global issue of climate change, particularly in small island developing states (SIDS) which are threatened by climate change-induced food, water, health and other insecurities. Through collaborative research programmes led by highly-recognised international and local scientists, the R&D Facility will become an outstanding example of multidisciplinary, coordinated research efforts and global best practice in the Western Indian Ocean Region. This Centre of Excellence will be the Facility of choice for marine aquaculture R&D efforts in Africa.
Interested investors can contact the aquaculture team in order to, (1) obtained project information, (2) be directed to the correct financial institution, (3) apply for licencing and permits.
Typically, aquaculture businesses (as is the case for most investments in agriculture) have a long lead-time to profitability. It is quite normal for an investment in aquaculture to only reach operational break-even four to five years from inception. This may even be longer for certain long-lived, slow growing species. Furthermore, it is seldom that repayment of the initial investment is anything short of 8 to 10 years from inception.
The Seychelles has been strongly encouraging Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) by offering several fiscal incentives to ensure that an investor guarantees a maximum possible yield on their investment.
Currently such incentives are being offered via concessions in the fisheries, agricultural and tourism sectors.
As this is a new sector within the Seychelles, human resource development is a priority area for the next few years. Aquaculture will require both technological, scientific, operational and management skills which are scarce within the country.
Additional support services (transport, construction, biotech, feed production) will be developed in partnership with other Government agencies to ensure skills development and empowerment of Seychellois.
MONITORING & ENFORCEMENT
To ensure a sustainable, environmentally-responsible sector is developed there needs to be control measures and reporting standards in place.
Monitoring refers to:
EDUCATION & AWARENESS
The general public must be educated about modern sustainable aquaculture and what this means for the future of Seychelles.
Awareness must be created of the economic and social benefits of ecologically sustainable aquaculture, the range of job opportunities offered by aquaculture, ranging from farm workers to technicians, to scientists in the field of nutrition, biochemistry, microbiology, analytical chemistry, food science, veterinary medicine. The Maritime Training Center and the University of Seychelles should especially be targeted by the awareness programme.