28 Oct '15, 10pm

How tuna fisheries trash coral atolls #NotJustTuna @CatfishStory

How tuna fisheries trash coral atolls #NotJustTuna @CatfishStory

Just when I thought I knew all the problems with FADs, I found out that these floating rafts of junk are ending up beached and entangled all over the Seychelles, despite the sophisticated tracking buoys they usually have attached. The remote island atolls of St François and Farquhar are part of the Alphonse and Farquhar outer island groups in the Seychelles archipelago in the Indian Ocean. Like most of the Seychelles, these atolls are important nesting sites for sea birds and sea turtles, and are surrounded by some of the world's healthiest and most intact coral reefs. Farquhar atoll has a small settlement, but there are no human inhabitants on St François. In my mind, coral atolls like these have always embodied a tropical paradise, untouched by human hand. How wrong could I be? When I went to the Seychelles last year, I discovered that even in these remote places the tun...

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