SNPA’s marine parks provide refuge to endangered sea turtles. The beaches in the Curieuse and Ste Anne Marine Parks are important turtle nesting grounds. The other parks being protected areas guarded by park rangers protect the turtles from poachers. The SNPA currently has turtle monitoring programs in 3 out of the 5 parks it manages and that consist of in water tagging and turtle nest monitoring. Being an important player in turtle conservation, SNPA is executive member in Local NGO Sea Turtle Friends Seychelles. Last Saturday 11th August, Staff from the Authority joined some 200 participants to march the streets of the country’s second largest island, Praslin, to raise awareness on Sea Turtles. The team consisted of staff from Mahe, Praslin, La Digue and Curieuse.

Minister and PS of Environment leading the Sea Turtle march

Josianna Rose, officer in charge of the Veuve Reserve on La Digue, participated with students from her environment club, ‘Friends of Flycatcher’. They put up an amazing display filled with sea turtle shaped placards containing interesting messages about sea turtles. The group was the only one from La Digue and their presence was extremely essential as this year’s festival was targeting the inner islands. At 9.30 am, the Minister for Environment, Mr Wallace Cosgrow officially launched the march and together with PS for Environment Mr Decomarmond participated in the one hour walk to the Baie Ste Anne District Administration Office. The march concluded with presentations by the different schools and environment groups. With the success of its first festival on Praslin, Sea Turtle Friends Seychelles is contemplating taking the festival to La Digue next year.

 

SNPA staff with Friends of Flycatcher Environment Club after the march