Seychelles News

Broadcasting from the deep on the Nekton First Descent mission using a BlueComm UV. (Photo: Sonardyne)

World First: Video Broadcast Live from Underwater

to global audiences from an underwater submersible.Underwater technology company Sonardyne International said the international news agency Associated Press (AP) used its BlueComm wireless through-water optical modem technology to broadcast live from a two-person submersible operating in waters off the Seychelles, in the Indian Ocean. AP said that the broadcast via YouTube was “the first multi-camera live signal in full broadcast quality from manned submersibles using optical video transmission techniques, in which the pictures transmit through the waves using the electromagnetic spectrum.”The

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Caribbean Set to Ride the 'Blue Economy' Wave

to put money into well-structured deals, but the region needs to create a unified policy to drive the sector and make it easier for people to invest, said speakers.The Nature Conservancy, a U.S.-based group, proposed that Caribbean nations negotiate debt-for-nature deals, as it has done with the Seychelles.The East African island nation designated a third of its marine area as "protected" in return for The Nature Conservancy agreeing to buy up nearly $22 million of its outstanding $406 million sovereign debt.Grenada, which has 26,000 sq kms (10,000 sq miles) of ocean within its territory

Seychelles Coast Guard Undergo Enhanced Training

Over the last eight weeks six Seychelles Coast Guard (SCG) divers have been undergoing training conducted by EUCAP Nestor’s experts to enhance their diving and operational capabilities. The course commenced on July 17th and concluded today in Victoria. A closing ceremony for the course was held at the Seychelles Coast Guard base. The focus of activity for this course was the enhancement of the Seychelles Coast Guard planning capabilities in order that they have the ability to conduct safe underwater operations. As an additional benefit, those trainees who met the required standards completed

The progressive effects of bleaching on a once healthy elkhorn coral (Acropora palmata) during a recent bleaching event in Florida. (Credit: NOAA)

Warm Oceans May Mean Major Coral Bleaching -NOAA

has already reached levels that cause bleaching in the nations of Nauru, Kiribati, and the Solomon Islands, and is expected to spread to Tuvalu, Samoa, and American Samoa in the next few months. In the Indian Ocean, thermal stress may reach levels that cause bleaching around Madagascar, Mauritius, Seychelles, and parts of Indonesia and western Australia.   NOAA scientists in American Samoa are already seeing the start of bleaching on their shallow reefs. “In the coming months, we will be watching to see if the model predicts conditions that can cause bleaching in Southeast Asia and the

Green Sea Turtle: Photo courtesy of Swansea Univ./BS & RD Kirkby

Satellite Tracks 2,472-mile Green Turtle Ocean Passage

Swansea Universtiy in the UK reports that its researchers, working with colleagues in Australia and the Seychelles, have announced the longest recorded migration for the green sea turtle, an endangered species. One of eight turtles which were tracked by satellite was found to have travelled 3979 km (2,472 m), from the Chagos Islands in the Indian Ocean, to the coast of Somalia in east Africa. The University adds that the research was reported in the latest issue of 'Conservation Biology'. The team were investigating the effectiveness of marine protected areas, which have been set up by governments

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