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Manta Rays spotted in the St. Francois Lagoon

Manta Rays spotted in the St. Francois Lagoon

The Island Conservation Society Team on the island of Alphonse took this fantastic photo after spotting 20 Manta Rays in the St. Francois lagoon.

The ICS Team said that this sighting was very encouraging  to see the thriving sea life in the outer island waters of the Seychelles.

The posting on Face Book thanked Sam, Lucy and Chris for capturing these moments whilst working to protect and monitor ocean’s wildlife.

ICS has as its mission statement:- ‘The Society promotes the conservation and restoration of island ecosystems, sustainable development of islands, and awareness of their vulnerability and vital importance to the planet’s biodiversity.’

The Island Conservation Society (ICS) (also known as Fondation pour la Conservation des Iles in  French and Sosyete pour  Konservasyon bann Zil in Creole) was registered as an NGO in Seychelles in April 2001.

Island Conservation Society owns and manages the Aride Island Nature Reserve, one of the finest nature reserves in the western Indian Ocean. They have also signed an agreement with the Islands Development Company of Seychelles (IDC) to advise and wherever necessary to manage environmental and conservation issues on outer islands under the lease of the IDC. Conservation centres have been established on Alphonse, Desroches and Silhouette Islands with further projects planned.

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Alain St Ange has been working in the tourism business since 2009. He was appointed as the Director of Marketing for Seychelles by President and Minister of Tourism James Michel. He was appointed as the Director of Marketing for Seychelles by President and Minister of Tourism James Michel. After one year of After one year of service, he was promoted to the position of CEO of the Seychelles Tourism Board. In 2012 the Indian Ocean Vanilla Islands regional Organization was formed and St Ange was appointed as the first president of the organization. In a 2012 cabinet re-shuffle, St Ange was appointed as Minister of Tourism and Culture which he resigned on 28 December 2016 in order to pursue a candidacy as Secretary General of the World Tourism Organisation. At the UNWTO General Assembly in Chengdu in China, a person who was being sought after for the “Speakers Circuit” for tourism and sustainable development was Alain St.Ange. St.Ange is the former Seychelles Minister of Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports and Marine who left office in December last year to run for the position of Secretary General of the UNWTO. When his candidature or document of endorsement was withdrawn by his country just a day before the elections in Madrid, Alain St.Ange showed his greatness as a speaker when he addressed the UNWTO gathering with grace, passion, and style. His moving speech was recorded as the one on the best marking speeches at this UN international body. African countries often remember his Uganda address for the East Africa Tourism Platform when he was a guest of honor. As former Tourism Minister, St.Ange was a regular and popular speaker and was often seen addressing forums and conferences on behalf of his country. His ability to speak ‘off the cuff’ was always seen as a rare ability. He often said he speaks from the heart. In Seychelles he is remembered for a marking address at the official opening of the island’s Carnaval International de Victoria when he reiterated the words of John Lennon famous song… ” you may say I am a dreamer, but I am not the only one. One day you will all join us and the world will be better as one”. The world press contingent gathered in Seychelles on the day ran with the words by St.Ange which made headlines everywhere. St.Ange delivered the keynote address for the “Tourism & Business Conference in Canada” Seychelles is a good example for sustainable tourism. This is therefore not surprising to see Alain St.Ange being sought after as a speaker on the international circuit. Member of Travelmarketingnetwork.

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