Cousin Island

November 2002

Conservation benefit: Installation of demarcation buoys for the Cousin Island Marine Reserve

At only 62 acres, granitic Cousin Island is one of the smallest islands of the Seychelles. The island, a private nature reserve, is home to five of the bird species found only in the Seychelles. It’s also a nesting haven for a variety of seabirds and hawksbill turtles. The reserve, which includes the island as well as 437 yards of surrounding sea and reefs, is a conservation success story. The rehabilitation of rare species is at the forefront of island activities, and more than 10,000 visitors a year boost the local economy.

Because the boundaries of the protected marine area are not clearly marked, fishers sometimes inadvertently poach from the conservation area. Seacology, in cooperation with the local nonprofit organization Nature Seychelles, is funding eight buoys to mark the reserve’s boundaries. The Seacology grant will also fund training for Cousin Island staff on installing and maintaining the buoys.

Project Updates
July 2008
In support of ongoing conservation, Seacology granted funds to replace four mooring buoys that were lost due to extreme weather between 2003 and 2007. Forty years after the reserve was...
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July 2005
Seven demarcation buoys have been placed around the 434-yard perimeter of Cousin Island Special Reserve. An international initiative to investigate the effectiveness of the management of marine...
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January 2005
Six demarcation buoys have been placed around the 434-yard perimeter of Cousin Island Special Reserve. The final position of each installation was governed by finding a suitable place to deploy...
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July 2004
The demarcation buoys and all necessary equipment were received and the exact positions for the buoys have been determined with help from the necessary authorities. A local entity will be...
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November 2003
An American company is presently manufacturing the buoys. Nature Seychelles has identified a local entity that will be installing the buoys as soon as they arrive.

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