A recent monitoring programme on the reef of the Aldabra atoll has shown an increase in coral cover but a decline in fish numbers, an official of the Seychelles Islands Foundation (SIF) said. The coral cover, which is the percentage of reef that is covered by hard stony corals, showed a 51 percent increase in the fifth monitoring. A total of 7,546 fish were recorded on 59 sections, said the SIF’s science and project coordinator, Jennifer Appoo, which “represents an overall decrease of fish abundance of 38 percent compared to the previous season.” (…)