This project was originally a component of the large project funded by the Global
Environment Facility ‘Strengthening Seychelles’ Protected Area System through NGO
Management Modalities’. The component implemented by MCSS was to test an innovative
approach to managing marine protected species in critical habitats which are outside
the current management of the Protected Area system.
The project started in July 2011 and aimed to test the establishment of “temporal
protected areas (TPAs)” in critical habitats, to secure the ongoing protection of
highly mobile marine vertebrates. The concept of TPAs is that they are transient
conservation areas based on the critical habitats used by these marine vertebrates.
These habitats are often affected by seasonal, environmental and physical cues and
may be temporary in time, extent and geographic location. The project has focused
on the testing of this conservation approach in two marine vertebrate groups – turtles
and whale sharks – which are known to have temporary critical habitats (turtles-
nesting & foraging areas; whale sharks- zooplankton blooms) close to shore.
The project has accessed the historical data collected by MCSS and analysed it with
reference to seasonal cues that were likely to affect these species, as well as capturing
current data and looking for any changing trends due to seasonal changes being experienced.
The project original project was successfully completed in June 2015; the data have
been evaluated to establish the criteria to trigger the setting up of TPAs and their
extent in both time and area. The formal implementation of TPAs was supported from
2016 under the GoS-GEF-UNDP ‘Protected Areas Sustainable Financing Project’. The
new Protected Areas Legislation has been enacted and the TPA nominations will be
updated during 2020 and implemented under the Ridge to Reef project currently in
Volunteers are welcome on this project, please complete a volunteer application form
and send it through to us. For the latest information please visit our turtle monitoring
BLOG and our Facebook page.