Greetings! It's Carol again. I hope you enjoy my second blog post.
Gosh I’m enjoying my experience as a #BEIntern. Sadly it’s coming to an end. I have enjoyed every learning day of being an intern at the Seychelles Fishing Authority (SFA) under the wings of my qualified supervisor, Ms. Dora Lesperance and her lovely helper Ms. Natifa Pillay. My second week was packed with interesting activities both on site and indoors, From collecting live data on site from fisherman, to using equipment in the lab and performing practical work on organisms.
Thursday before the sun had even risen, I was up and ready to accompany two lab technicians on their lobster duty. SFA provides licenses on a first come first serve basis to fishermen for the fishing of lobster during the annual three month long season.
We travelled to three different landing sites on the north side of Mahe, to meet the fishermen as they unloaded their valuable catch. The exhausted fishermen. I observed as one technician took the measurements such as the length, weight and sex of the lobsters, while the other recorded the data into a table. Only three species were recorded on that day, of which the green lobsters were the rarest. I was really amazed at the size of some of the lobsters we saw. On the other hand, some were too small and had to be released immediately.
The information collected is then transferred into SFA’s database, and is vital to the authorities for research and regular assessment of the stock’s health. This is very important in order to manage this precious resource responsibly and sustainably, which is in the very essence of the blue economy concept; to use the sea and whatever it provides us with conscientiously.