Ocean Sound: New Seychelles NGO begins promoting reef-friendly sunscreens

The first sign was unveiled on Friday at Café Creole in the presence of the Minister of Fisheries and the Blue Economy, Jean-Francois Ferrari and the district’s elected member of the National Assembly, Sylvain Lemel. (Salfa Karabertian, Seychelles News Agency)

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Promoting the use of reef-friendly sunscreens among tourists and locals who use Seychelles beaches to protect the ocean and marine life is the first project implemented by a newly launched NGO (NGO).

dubbed ‘ocean soundThe NGO seeks to raise public awareness of the danger that traditional sunscreens pose to marine life, especially corals and corals.

According to the US government National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), “Chemical substances found in some sunscreens that can harm marine life include: oxybenzophenone, benzophenone-1, benzophenone-8, OD-PABA, 4-methylbenzylidene camphor, 3-benzylidene camphor, nanoco2 Titanium Oxide, Nano Zinc Oxide, Octinoxate, Octocrylene.”

president ocean soundMervin Cedras, said he and his team will put up signs at multiple beaches in Seychelles to encourage people to protect the ocean through the use of reef-friendly sunscreen.

“We want to create awareness among the community, young people and tourists who come to Seychelles to allow them to discover things they might not otherwise know. Currently, there are reef-friendly sunscreens out there. This is also an opportunity for entrepreneurs, especially local ones, to create an eco-friendly sunscreen. And it is biodegradable using local raw materials.”






The ocean sound, a non-profit organization launched that day as well. (Salfa Karapetyan, Seychelles News Agency) Image license: CC-BY

The first sign was revealed on Friday at Café Creole, a restaurant located in Anse Royale, one of Seychelles’ popular beaches in the south of the main island of Mahe.

“Sometimes we do things we don’t know we can do to the ocean, and we don’t know that what we do has an impact on the lives of many other people,” said the Minister of Fisheries, Jean-Francois Ferrari, who attended the short ceremony.

Ferrari said: “Today we are in Anse Royale, a tourist district, where we want to see the development of tourism. We know we cannot achieve this goal if we, our partners and our visitors spoil the environment. We have a mission. The hotels and guesthouses that are built here and that are here really need until you are part of this effort to keep our sea healthy.”

He added that the project is a multi-faceted project in which many people participate and “a link between the tourism sector and environmental protection, and between the fishing industry and the protection of the ocean and coral reefs.”

ocean sound It was also launched on the same day. It seeks to conserve, restore and sustainably develop the ocean surrounding the Seychelles. It will be an umbrella for many purpose-centric projects.

The organization began with a meeting of three friends, all fishermen, seeking to give back to the community rather than just harvesting from the ocean. Along with the members who joined later, the team wants to be ocean sound By talking about it.

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