Monday, April 22, 2013

Only PETs allowed

Visitors on the PET-recycled boardwalk

You could be forgiven if you thought the boardwalk at the Nature Seychelles’ run Sanctuary at Roche Caiman was made from wood. The 600 metre long boardwalk looks like wood but is made entirely from recycled PET bottles. The planks, trusses and beams are made in the UK and are guaranteed to last 40 years with little or no maintenance.

 While most plastics can, in principle, be recycled, PET bottle recycling is more practical because of the high value of the PET resin and the almost exclusive use of PET for water and soft drink bottling. The main uses for recycled PET are polyester fiber, strapping, and non-food containers. Planks and poles such as the ones used by Nature Seychelles at the Sanctuary at Roche Caiman are also produced.

Negotiations between EU and Seychelles for Tuna fisheries

EU-flagged tuna vessels in Port Victoria
The European Union (EU) and the Seychelles met in Brussels on 15-17 April 2013, for the second round of negotiations to agree on a new Protocol to the Fisheries Partnership Agreement, which expires in January 2014.

The Agreement with the Seychelles is the most significant tuna agreement in the Indian Ocean both in terms of the fishing access it provides the EU and the financial benefits derived by the Seychelles as a result of the EU fleet's activities in the region.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Singing the seagrass carbon blues

Guitarist Gary Cox
In a previous blog I wrote about the importance of seagrasses in carbon storage (see: ) Sea grass meadows cover between 30-60 million hectares (around 0.2% of the area of the oceans) and between 4.2 to 8.4 petagrams of organic carbon (one petagram is equal to a thousand million tonnes) are stored in the top metre of seagrass soils. A less conservative estimate suggests the figure could be as high as 19.8 petagrams. Soils on land, by comparison, cover 15 billion hectares and contain between 1500-2000 petagrams of organic carbon. A further 75.5 to 151 teragrams of carbon are stored in seagrass itself (one teragram is equal to one million tonnes). 

WTF is all that???? Well if you are baffled don't be! Gary Cox and Bill Dennison have made a great blues song about seagrasses and blue carbon. Check it out:

Monday, April 15, 2013

Somali piracy declines as security measures take effect

A sea change in the global response against Somali piracy maritime piracy was seen in 2012. Between naval operations, improved international coordination, continued observance of industry best practices, and increased use of private armed guards, the number of hijackings dropped 50% from 2011, and attempted attacks fell by just over 70%.