The chief executive of SNPA, Flavien Joubert, shared the authority’s plan for Ile Cocos marine park, such as the drafting of a management plan for the park which is scheduled for next year, toilet facilities for park users and reef restoration project.

He also outlined the current ecological status of the park. The main points raised by boat operators were access to Felicite Island, state of the reef inside the park, interaction with sea turtles and park fees. The boat operators welcomed the idea of temporarily closing part of the park to allow for coral recovery.

The marine park officer responsible for Ile Cocos marine national park, Cliff Emile, expressed satisfaction with points raised by the operators.

“It is really good that they mentioned temporary closure of the park to allow corals to recover,” he said.

In general SNPA is very satisfied with the points raised and will continue to work with the group for improved management of the park.

The parks users also welcomed the meeting as it was the first time that they got to meet with the authority to voice their concerns and put forward their suggestions.