The Seychelles Fishing Authority (SFA) provided updates on the latest development of the aquaculture regulatory framework to various stakeholders during a meeting on Saturday 4th of November 2017. The Fishing Authority is still in the process of finalising the framework before it can be presented to the cabinet of ministers for its approval.Through the techniques of breeding, rearing and harvesting of animals and plants in the ocean, aquaculture is used for various methods including the production of seafood for human consumption, providing fish for aquarium and enhancing wild fish.
SFA has already identified five designated areas around the West of Mahe and North of Praslin for the implementation of the project.Various potential species, with high value mainly on the Asian market has also been identified for aquaculture in the country. The species include finfish, aquarium fish, sea urchins, sea cucumbers and pearls.
Amongst those present at the gathering were representatives from the Seychelles Investment Board (SIB), Fishermen Boat owners association and department of environment. SIB was represented by its Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Mr Lenny Gabriel and the Director for Investment Mr Neil Lalande-Rene.