My first few months as Reef Restoration Project Officer

 

Our Reef Restoration Project here in Petite Anse, Mahé, Seychelles celebrates its 4th anniversary on 26th March 2019! So I thought I’d talk about what it is like to be the Reef Restoration Project officer, overseeing the day to day care of our corals and giving them the best helping hand possible.

The first thing that was clear to me when beginning this role was how far this project has already come. So far, our Reef Restoration Project has put up with incredible storms, a crown of thorns outbreak and a global bleaching event- just to name a few. So whilst I have only been on this project for two months, I am always able to look back and use the wealth of knowledge accumulated by my predecessors and use this to make the best decisions for the project’s future. With this in mind, we have recently formulated our first annual Reef Restoration Report.

The day-to-day tasks of the Reef Restoration Project officer are continuous and varied – there’s always something to do. Many mornings are either spent in the nursery doing maintenance, on the reef transplanting or on the computer –keeping up with the most current coral restoration news or much less glamorously, managing the spreadsheets.

Then, of course, there is the wonderful ability we have to use our Reef Restoration Project as a tool for education and engagement. Every day I am able to share what we do with others and then there’s no telling where the conversation will take you. It’s really interesting to see the different environmental perspectives of each person that we chat too and aid in their understanding of the importance of coral reefs. More often than not I end up learning something new as well.

 

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