In 1979, Curieuse Island and its surrounding waters were declared a Marine National Park by the Seychelles in order to protect the native wildlife. Today it is home to a diverse array of habitats, ranging from open grasslands to tall lush woodland to a species-rich coastal ecosystem.
Your help to Earthwatch in studying the reef and the coastal ecosystem will allow researchers to provide invaluable data to the Seychelles government, to the local community, and to conservation groups, engaging them in promoting the importance of these coastal habitats. This study’s findings will form recommendations for the effective management of these areas.
What to Expect?
Using a combination of digital photography and underwater video transects, you’ll help Earthwatch assess the health of one of the world’s most stunning coral reefs by measuring biodiversity and rates of coral growth around the reef and in the shallow waters of Curieuse Island, in the Seychelles. Your extensive field surveys will also help the scientists identify biodiversity hot spots, areas of reef degradation and areas that act as ecological refuge protecting corals from adverse environmental and climate effects.
Simultaneously you will be involved with aquarium experiments that aim to assess the vulnerability of key coral species to climate change. The data you help collect and enter in the lab will allow scientists to identify which species in the region might be most important for tracking the effects of global climate change in the Indian Ocean.
If you'd like to participate in the diving aspects of the research, you must be scuba certified (CMAS 2 star = PADI Rescue or BASC Sports), have at least 30 logged dives, and have recent diving experience. You will also be required to bring all scuba kit.
Between full and energetic days of snorkeling, dives, and lab work you’ll have opportunities to explore the island’s nature trails or just sit back and enjoy the spectacular views and relaxing tropical climate.
- Program ID: # 1970
- duration: 1 to 2 Weeks
- location: Curieuse Island, Seychelles, Indian Ocean Curieuse IslandSeychelles4° 16' 0.0012" S, 55° 43' 59.9988" E
- Fitness level: Moderately FitVery Fit
- Closest Airport: Seychelles (SEZ)
- Costs From: $1500 to $3000
- Program Type: Environmental & Wildlife Programs