After a first phase of mission marked by the fisheries police and the fight against drug trafficking, the Overseas Support and Assistance Building (BSAOM) Champlain on a surveillance mission in this part of the Indian Ocean took advantage of a passage to Mayotte to embark three scientists from the French Research Institute for the Exploitation of the Sea (IFREMER).
IFREMER scientists are currently working on monitoring turtle populations in the Indian Ocean. This study consists of placing beacons and antennas on the backs of sea turtles. The beacons are able to record the animal’s movement and position data and then they are transmitted via the antennas on land to analysis centers to understand their lifestyles.
If the French islands of the Indian Ocean are already equipped with this system, IFREMER is working in collaboration with the Seychelles to extend their study. Thus, the Champlain took part in the deployment of these antennas on the Island of Aldabra, Seychelles atoll registered with the world heritage of UNESCO since 1972 for its remarkable fauna. A true sanctuary for marine animals, this atoll is inhabited by 12 scientists from the SIF ( Seychelles Islands Foundation ) who are responsible for monitoring and studying these populations.
In parallel with this scientific campaign, the crew of the Champlain was able to bring their technical expertise to several projects on the island and thus help scientists. The information and communications systems (CIS) sector was unloaded on the island in order to participate in the deployment of a satellite antenna and ensure its operation, while the onboard electricians made a diagnosis of the power supply to the lighthouse out of service for several weeks.
Finally, the scientists took advantage of the passage of the French building to transport equipment to be transported to the Seychelles. When they arrived on the island, the Champlain crew were able to observe animal species, discover the camp and the living conditions of the scientists while others visited the boat.