Saturday, 7 October 2017

Hotel Updates: Le Méridien Fisherman’s Cove, Seychelles

Le Méridien Fisherman’s Cove, Seychelles Undertakes Coral Reef Restoration Project

Le Méridien Fisherman’s Cove, Seychelles, has launched the second phase of their “Unlock the Sea” program with the Coral Reef Restoration Project further enhancing their commitment towards preserving the marine ecosystem around the hotel. Strengthening their partnership with The Marine Conservation Society Seychelles, this is the first Coral Reef Restoration Project on the North-West coast of Mahé and involves setting up of coral nurseries to restore the reef.

Over the years the coral reefs around Seychelles have suffered from bleaching and the natural restoration process of the coral reefs is a long drawn out process. Coral fragments or pieces of coral broken due to storms, snorkelers and divers or anchoring boats are used as “corals of opportunity”.  The project started with the in-situ coral nurseries (underwater) where corals were carefully collected and nurtured in nurseries that were set up exclusively for this purpose and proceeded with the construction of specially fabricated ex-situ coral nurseries (on land). 

Le Meridien Fisherman’s Cove has also introduced a coral adoption program.  For a small donation, guests will have the option to name their coral fragment and will receive an adoption certificate. Every three months they will get an update on the growth of the coral.  The donation will ensure the continuation for the upkeep of the corals in their nurseries as well support the enhancement of resources required to expand our restoration efforts and ensure its sustainable and successful. The entire process could take anywhere between 6 months to a year depending upon the size and the species of the corals. Once the fragments grow into a certain size, they are out- planted onto the reef.

“We believe it is our responsibility to make a valuable difference to the environment in which we operate,” said Romain Chanet, General Manager Le Meridien Fisherman’s Cove, Seychelles. “Drawing upon the success of our “Unlock the Sea” program, and seeing the interest and engagement from our guests, we see this as an opportunity for us to play an active role in marine life conservation and we are committed to make our humble contribution towards preserving a sustainable and healthy marine ecosystem.”

Marine experts from The Marine Conservation Society Seychelles will guide the hotel through this process and support and collaborate with the hotel. 

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