CICP has newly developed trails which visitors can explore as we’ve added a third
snorkel trail as well as the hiking paths. Volunteer duties involve educational guest
relations and guiding visitors on snorkels and hikes, maintaining the trails and
nurseries, creating the framework used in our artificial reef project, learning about
hard corals, invertebrates and fish found in the Seychelles as well as partaking
in quarterly reef surveys.
Volunteers and interns for the CICP are accommodated at the volunteer base here on
Cerf Island. Interested parties need to be on Cerf for a minimum of two months with
no dietary restrictions and in good health. Diving qualifications above Rescue Diver
As of the end of 2019 we have 5 inwater nurseries artificial reef frames populated
with 375 fragments of 9 coral genera and also have 5 rope nurseries with 1547 fragments
of two coral genera.
The corals on the frames are doing remarkably well one year on!
With the formation of CICP the opening of a volunteer base on Cerf Island has been
possible. This allows the regular maintenance of the trails already implemented
as well as an expansion of activities.
The base gives volunteers direct access to the marine park and also lets them live
the ‘island lifestyle’.
One of the additional activities has been the set up of a coral ‘nursery’ using broken
coral fragments found around the surrounding reef system. With the Western Indian
Ocean having been hit hard by the 1998 and 2016 bleaching events, the 2004 tsunami,
as well as many anthropogenic disturbances, we have our work cut out for us.
Once the coral fragments have been reared for a year, they will be ready to secure
onto artificial reef structures in the efforts to help with coral restoration. Artificial
structures will also be populated by larger fragments not from nurseries as we monitor
their growth and positive effectiveness throughout the years.
This is an important project to help reduce coastal erosion as well as providing
valuable habitats for corals and their associated communities.