Our Coral Communities in the Seychelles project is conducting urgent coral conservation work, as well as providing new insight into the impact of artisanal fishing and coral degradation on the local economy and communities.
We work in partnership with the University of Essex, Seychelles National Park Authority and the University of Western Australia, and funded by Mitsubishi Corporation. Together, we are seeking to understand the recovery of reefs in the region from significant El Niño events and to identify conservation management actions needed to best-protect this vital ecosystem and resource.
In addition to long-term coral conservation research and action, we are engaging with the local community and conservationists to empower them to better understand and protect their natural resources for generations to come.
Coral reefs cover just 0.2% of the world's seafloor but are home to a quarter of all marine life.
Approximately 500 million people worldwide depend on reefs for food.
In 2016, we reported unprecedented speed and extent of coral bleaching, with up to 95% of coral impacted in some areas.
Two thirds of the Great Barrier Reef is now bleached.
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