Working in peak season is very demanding, it is when most fishermen come inshore to unload their catch waiting for an inspection before they go home to their family. Mostly sea cucumber and tuna vessels are in port as their open seasons starts from October to January. I had to leave work at 9am on 3 consecutive days for sea cucumber inspections and return to the office at 1pm. Hectic days at the office, monitoring different activities both on land and sea.
The last week was not too much work I went for patrol around Cascade and observed the fishermen cleaning mostly sharks.
Being a monitoring officer is not that easy. You need to be prepared for any emergencies and also the daily works. Making sure there are no illegal boat floating in Seychelles waters. These types of activities might last 2 days on water. The officers inspect the illegal boats discharge all the illegal species, charge them and take away their fishing nets. MCS (Monitoring Control Surveillance) is the eye of SFA, responsible for land and water patrol ensuring there is no illegal activities. I wish I could stay longer to ensure whatever is wrong is set right. The working days helped improve my ability to understand and focus more on our marine environment. I gained more confidence and took my responsibilities as an independent intern.
Written by Gaelle Boniface