State House

Office of the President of The Republic of Seychelles


Seychelles To Partner With World Class Centres For Marine Research

President James Michel has met with the chief executives of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, the Australian Institute of Marine Science and James Cook University (JCU) in Townsville to discuss greater cooperation between these world class centres of marine research and conservation, and the Seychelles Government and the University of Seychelles.

"The three centres of marine research in Townsville have given us a valuable insight into the management of marine national parks, ideas for new tourism and scientific projects, as well as experience of the wonders of the underwater world which we share," said President Michel who is on a state visit in Australia.

The President visited the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority aquarium and was briefed on the possibilities of creating such an educational and tourism attraction in the Seychelles.

"This would be a wonderful addition to our portfolio of eco-tourism projects and to showcase our natural heritage as well as provide the resources for marine research, educational visits and a new tourism venture," the President added.

The President and his delegation also discussed marine park authority management and best practice measures for keeping marine parks clean, safe and preserving the biodiversity of these vulnerable environments.

At the Australian Institute of Marine Science, the President toured the facilities and was presented with some of the latest reef and climate change research.

"I am impressed with the similarity between the research of AIMS and the effects of climate change that we are experiencing in Seychelles. They can help us with mitigation strategies and we can contribute to the valuable work they are undertaking," said the President.

The Vice-Chancellor of James Cook University welcomed President Michel as well as the President and the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Seychelles, Dr Rolph Payet to the in Townsville campus, where the presidential delegation and the University management discussed the first phases for the development of research and academic programmes between JCU and UniSey. JCU is ranked the 1st in the world for coral reef research.

The President met with two Seychellois marine science PHd students at James Cook University, Karen Chong Seng and Michelle Esparon, praising them for their choice of studies, and expressing the hope that they would bring back their knowledge and experience to their homeland.