Healthy coral reefs support
biodiversity, marine resources, and the communities that rely on these
resources for a living. The Seychelles economy is almost 100% reliant on the
An estimated 10% of the world’s reefs have already been lost and 60%
are threatened, mainly by human activity and in the Seychelles the
percentage of reef loss is considerably higher. An estimated 80% was
destroyed by bleaching caused by the warm water effects of El Nino in
1998 and damage is still being caused by storm activity and bleaching
as a result of global warming.
These remaining reefs are recovering but a real threat is posed by human recreational
activity; in particular the use of boat anchors that are dropped and dragged
across coral reefs, ripping them apart, while further damage is caused
by boats tying up to coral heads.
One of the easiest and yet most effective means to protect the living
coral reef is through the installation of mooring buoys. Mooring
buoys are located close to or over a traditional boat anchoring
sites, and boaters tie off to the mooring, eliminating chain sweep
and anchor damage to corals.