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Instead of living a comfortable and luxurious life in London, a family of four has sold their home so that they can launch the world’s smallest nature reserve in order to save a nation’s coral reef system.
Barry and Karolina Seath along with their two young daughters are making a move to an island in the Seychelles that measures just 400 by 300 meters. The family have launched a charity, teaming up with local biologists in order to revitalize the coral reefs in the smallest African country that have been devastated by increasing sea temperatures.
The Seath family’s land based coral farm will be only the second of its kind in the world that specializes in the regrowing of coral in order to regenerate the reef.
Barry is 47 years old and a former policeman and recruitment consultant and he says, “We are just a normal husband, wife and two kids, living the sort of life that most others do… but we felt the need to make a positive change for ourselves, our children and the world that we had largely taken for granted. So we have sold our homes and parted with most of our worldly possessions.”
Barry continues, “Every time we visited, we noticed that the coral was getting worse and worse. All the tourists say the same thing. They love the beaches but are really disappointed with the coral. They expect these lush coral reefs but what they get is largely coral rubble.”
Barry had spent more than 15 years running a recruitment firm, after which he felt that it was time to make a change and show his daughters an alternative way of eco-friendly living. To accomplish this, Barry teamed up with experts at the Marine Conservation Society Seychelles, so that he could develop the facility. The farm is going to take only 3 months with all of the equipment like tanks, chillers, filters and pipework costing 25,000 pounds.
After the farm is completed, it will be the first large scale land based coral farm in the Indian Ocean. Barry aims to use the facility to grow about 10,000 corals per year. The farm will be located on Moyenne Island which is a tiny property located just off the coast of Mahe, the largest island in the Seychelles.
Because the COVID_19 outbreak has devastated the tourism economy of the Seychelles, the family hopes that replenishing the coral reefs will bring back the tourists to the Seychelles. Also the team hopes that the farms success would help to launch more coral farms in other parts of the world.
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