Early during preparatory meetings for Clean-up the World Campaign, SNPA suggested that clean-up efforts target the marine environment as most of our territory is the sea. During the main clean-up weekend (14th-15th September), SNPA team on Curieuse partnered with White Tip dive centre to conduct dive clean-up in two areas within the Curieuse Marine National Park.

Ranger picking up rubbish from the reef

SNPA divers were very excited to contribute to such a noble event- the first dive clean-up to ever be organized in the 39 years old marine park. The divers managed to remove old ropes, nets, glass bottles; all foreign items which do not form part of the natural marine environment. The activity was a great opportunity for SNPA marine staffs to dive along other divers- a great way to build partnership. Curieuse team also took the opportunity to remove household rubbish that have accumulated on the island throughout the year, such as old fans and mattresses.

 The authority had a total of 5 teams cleaning different sites, mostly within national parks, areas such as; Ste Anne Island; Trois Freres trail and Kiosk at Sans Soucis (within the Morne Seychellois National Park). The staff on Praslin cleaned outside the national park, along public roads, where they collected 20 gunny bags of rubbish. One of the most littered site that was cleaned was around the Kiosk at Sans Soucis (a popular lookout spot for tourists, located just above the Rochon dam). The team there managed to remove 12 bags of rubbish. It is hoped that the people that visit the area do not continue to litter. The interesting thing is that only 3 gunny bags of rubbish were collected on the Trois Freres trail, an encouraging sign for SNPA.

Being the only organization to have conducted a dive clean-up during this year’s Clean Up the World (CUW) campaign it is important that SNPA build on such an important initiative. The authority hopes to continue with such activity in the future both during CUW campaign and as part of its ongoing work program.  

 

Beach clean-up on Ste Anne Island