The Executive Committee of the Seychelles Sports Fishing Club (SSFC) is pleased to announce the formation of its new association which will be based at the Eden Island Marina.
Mr. Christophe Houareau, the SSFC’s new Chairman explained that the objectives of the club were simple. “Since Seychelles is surrounded by the sea and we have one of the richest fishing grounds in the world, we plan on promoting sports fishing by hosting events and tournaments for recreational and professional fishermen alike, as well as starting a program to encourage our young people to take up fishing as a sport”.
Mr. Houareau added that another key objective of the club is to promote conservation of the Seychelles fish stock, especially for billfish (marlin and sailfish) that have been globally over fished for many decades. “Anglers all over the world regard billfish fishing as an ultimate sport and it is a billion-dollar industry. We will therefore host release only tournaments for billfish and will engage in tagging programs when there are scientific studies involved. Our aim is to work closely with the Ministry of Environment, as well as other local and international agencies in order to promote marine conservation programs.”
The Founding Members and Executive Committee of the SSFC include many popular local sports fishermen. Other than the Chairman, Marc Houareau is the Treasurer and Gonsalves “Speedy” Larue is the club’s Secretary. Other members include Timothy Morin, Michael Mason, Christian Larue, Captain Francois Jackson and Seychelles International Game Fishing Association (IGFA) representative Faizal Suleman.
“We will work with the Ministry of Tourism and local travel agencies to promote Seychelles as one of the world’s greatest sport-fishing destination” said Christian Larue, the club’s Tournament Coordinator. “We plan on hosting a minimum of four tournaments annually which will be opened to local and international anglers”.
Membership is open to Seychellois and non-residents alike, and annual fees will be SR 600 for adults and SR 200 for junior members under 18 years old. Companies and other organizations who by virtue of their functions or interest share the aims of the Club can also join the club for SR 5,000 per annum as affiliate members.
Interested members on Mahé can contact Mr. Christophe Houareau on 513475 or Marc Houareau on 513532, and Praslin and La Digue residents can contact Martin Wartelsteiner on 513098 and Carl Mills on 512111. Membership application forms are also available at the offices of Eden Island Marina, Marine Charter Association, Seychelles Yacht Club and the VCS Building at Le Chantier.