Seychelles’ unique island and marine environments are of global importance for biodiversity, with many species found uniquely here. Recognising the critical importance of sustainably managing their ocean to the lives and livelihoods of their people, Seychelles have embarked on an ambitious pathway to transform their economy and create a sustainable and diversified economic base; address climate change adaptation; and sustainably manage their ocean ecosystem.

The Seychelles’ Marine Spatial Plan (MSP) ensures representative species and habitats have long-term protection; improves the resiliency of coastal ecosystems with a changing climate; and ensures economic opportunities for fisheries, tourism and other uses. As part of this Marine Spatial Plan, Seychelles have committed to protecting an ambitious 30% of their ocean territory by 2020, creating new Marine Protected Areas of 410,000 sq km (almost twice the size of the UK). New baseline data on ocean life in deep waters is critical to inform this plan.