The Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC), headquartered in Seychelles, has been reported as having one of the poorest environmental performances of all the 19 Regional Fisheries Management Organizations of the world. This was highlighted in a BirdLife International report launched at the 26th Session of the FAO’s Committee on Fisheries being held this week in Italy. The BirdLife review identifies the regional fisheries organizations that are not preventing the slaughter of the world’s albatrosses in longline fisheries.
Chikungunya is a viral disease spread by mosquitoes, especially Stegomyia aegypti (Aedes aegypti) and Aedes albopictus. The latter known as the Asian Tiger Mosquito is common in Seychelles. Both are also implicated in the spread of dengue fever. The name of the disease comes from a Swahili word which means "that which contorts or bends up", referring to the contorted posture of patients.