New research from Seychelles Fishing Authority to help manage fish stocks

These include certain species that are consumed in large quantities by locals, such as red snapper, trevally and rabbitfish. (Gerard Larose, Seychelles Tourist Office)

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(Seychelles News Agency) – The findings of two scientific papers published by the Seychelles Fishing Authority (SFA) will provide the authority with additional information to better manage the fishery and contribute to the Seychelles fisheries management plan.

The research results were presented by fisheries scientists Nathalie Bodin and Rodney Govinden at a recent press conference.

According to Govinden, such research brings benefits to the authority because the data allows a better understanding of the fish stocks and the growth of marine species on the islands. The findings focus on the relationship between length and weight of 39 marine species caught in Seychelles waters.

“These types of information are important in helping to prepare basic information about the biology of these species, as well as the relationship between length and weight of a fish. This information can therefore aid in the assessment of fish. stocks, ”Govinden said.

Bodin, also a volunteer at the ASBL Sustainable oceans Seychelles, added that these studies are the first of their kind in Seychelles – 115 islands in the western Indian Ocean.

Govinden, currently director of Fisheries research center to the Authority, added that the research focused on 39 of the most exploited marine species from 10 families.

These are species caught by artisanal fishing and sampled from 2009 to 2020. These are mainly species consumed in large quantities by the local population such as red snapper, trevally and rabbitfish. 5,000 samples were collected from the inner and outer islands.

The second research titled Mahé Island Reef Lobster Diet looked at the feeding patterns of the three species that exist in the island nation. Research has also noted a growth in the lobster population, the fishery of which is seasonal and open for three months every two years.

Scientists said these types of scientific research would support the application of precise size-based analyzes for Seychelles fisheries survey data. This allows a better understanding of the ecology of the fisheries component associated with the reefs of marine ecosystems and food webs, and improves the management of fisheries research.

Both studies were carried out with funding from sectoral support from the European Union. SFA has also received support from local organizations such as Seychelles Climate Change Adaptation Trust, Island Conservation Society, Seychelles Islands Foundation and Marine Conservation Society of Seychelles.

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