John Nevill: Founder and Manager
John is an environment professional with more than 25 years experience in the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity in Seychelles. He has worked broadly in this domain for government, NGOs, international agencies and the private sector. He served as the Director of Conservation, in the Department of Environment (1996 to 2002). Since 2002 he has worked primarily as an independent consultant with a focus on strategic planning and policy. He has authored various national strategic policy documents including: the Seychelles National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (2016 to 2020), the Seychelles Wetlands Policy, the Seychelles Marine Spatial Planning policy, the Blue Economy Concept paper and the Seychelles National Plan of Action for the Conservation and Management of Sharks (2007-2011 & 2016-2020).
He has had an interest in the artisanal shark fishery since 2001 and has monitored the artisanal fishery catch since 2012 with an initial focus upon sharks, later expanding to Elasmobranchs and Serranids. In 2019 he initiated an intensive 12 month survey of the parrotfish fishery. It is this work on fishery catch that provided the basis for the development of the Seatizens website.
John authored the 2013 Species Identification Guide for Commonly Caught Fish in the Seychelles Near-Shore Artisanal Fishery and the 2015 Identification Guide for the Sharks of the Seychelles Artisanal fishery.