Seychelles: Blue Economy Day – Seychelles Has New Youth Advocacy Group

Seychelles has a new Blue Economy youth advocacy group, which streamed panel discussions live online as part of Blue Economy Day activities.

A group of young professionals at the Seychelles Maritime Academy met to discuss unlocking the potential of an inclusive Blue Economy and the role of the youth on Monday.

The talks, which lasted for about half an hour, were a chance for the professionals to analyse the ways through which the industry is viewed as well as the issue of how to make fisheries sustainable in the whole Blue Economy spectrum.

The activities to mark the Blue Economy Day were launched by the Minister for Fisheries and the Blue Economy, Jean-Francois Ferrari, who urged the newly appointed youth advocacy group to continue pushing the Blue Economy agenda.

Ferrari also talked about “pioneering efforts Seychelles is making to champion the blue economy.”

He said that the Blue Economy Department has already identified 112 businesses locally that “fall in line with the circular economy that the authorities in Seychelles are also extensively promoting.”

Since 2021, the French government has been working together with the Blue Economy Department to celebrate Blue Economy Day in the Indian Ocean on July 17.

This year the day is being celebrated under the theme “an inclusive Blue Economy and the Role of the Youth.”

The French Ambassador to Seychelles, Olivia Berkeley-Christmann, advised Seychelles to look at the “economic aspects as well as keeping the Blue Economy sustainable.”