My journey has been a fruitful one and I am more than thankful for the opportunity to be able to discover different aspects of the Blue Economy. My two weeks at the Seychelles Fishing Authority (SFA) has been challenging, however alongside my supervisor Miss Karine Rassool and co-workers, I was able to take part in various activities aimed at demonstrating the different sectors and jobs available in the Blue Economy.
The highlight of my first week was seeing and learning about the different species of lobster and sea cucumber which has been recently caught as part of the 2016 fishing season. Thorough and detailed Inspections are conducted by the SFA officers to make sure the regulations are being followed.
I then attended a seminar on sustainable fishing where various projects were presented and scrutinised. One of main point raised was the lack of efficient financial resources to successfully move forward with the projects.
At the SFA office, I gained knowledge on how commercial licenses are made along with the different conditions attached to it. Primary legislation which is often referred to by the SFA officers is the Fisheries Act which I had the opportunity to read. The officers were happy to assist and answer any question that I had.
I invited to the SFA testing lab where they test freshly caught sea creatures for toxins such as mercury and lead. I was present during an octopus dissection by a professor doing studies in Seychelles where I learned about the anatomy of octopi.
It has been an eye-opening experience and I had the chance to meet some amazing people who do some amazing things.
Written by Nathalie Young