President of Seychelles launches appeal for the protection of the oceans during a speech at 124 meters under the sea

Seychelles President Danny Faure has become the first head of state to speak in favor of protecting the oceans 124 meters underwater.

He launched a vibrant call Sunday for concrete actions towards the protection of the oceans and the fight against climate change.

"This problem is more serious than anything and we can not wait for the next generation to solve it. We are running out of excuses for action and we are running out of time, "he said.

The President of Seychelles, one of the leaders in the protection of the environment, was aboard the Ocean Zephyr ship, where the mission " Nekton Deep Ocean Exploration ", which carries out research more than 500 meters underwater, takes place .

President Faure described the ocean as the "blue heart of our planet", adding that at this depth he could see not only the incredible beauty of our ocean, but also the urgent need to conserve it. This is a historic moment for my country, Seychelles "he said.

Nekton's mission, supported by more than 40 organizations, will spend seven weeks studying underwater life, mapping the seabed and surveying at depths of up to 2,000 meters in the seas around Seychelles - 115 islands in the western Indian Ocean.

She has been diving near the Aldabra Reserve, which is one of UNESCO's heritages where one of the largest populations of land turtles is found.

Seychelles has predicted that from next year 30% of its marine area will be classified as a protected area.

The scientists began their expedition in March and will spend two months collecting data, including water samples at different levels, species, plants, corals and plankton.

The Indian Ocean, a vast expanse of water that is already experiencing the effects of global warming, is considered one of the last great unexplored frontiers of the planet.

The survey will also contribute to the state of the Indian Ocean summit scheduled for late 2021.

Nekton Deep Ocean Exploration is headquartered in Oxford, England.

Its purpose is to explore the depths of the ocean to reveal the unknown for the benefit of humanity. Nekton's primary goal is to create a dramatic shift in knowledge and understanding of the ocean to accelerate sustainable governance.

Nekton scientists had recently made a similar exploration in Bermuda.

Source: Seychelles News Agency