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Mauritius Hosts Southern Indian Ocean Fisheries Agreement Meeting

21 June 2017 - Mauritius will host the first Meeting of the Compliance Committee of the Southern Indian Ocean Fisheries Agreement (SIOFA) and the 4th Meeting of the Parties from 23 to 30 J

21 June 2017 - Mauritius will host the first Meeting of the Compliance Committee of the Southern Indian Ocean Fisheries Agreement (SIOFA) and the 4th Meeting of the Parties from 23 to 30 June 2017.

The Committee will monitor, review and assess the implementation of, and compliance with the Agreement and make recommendations to the Meeting of the Parties on new compliance and management measures.

During the 4th Meeting of Parties, participants will review the state of fishery resources, promote and coordinate research activities. They will also evaluate the impact of fishing on the fishery resources and the marine environment, formulate and adopt conservation and management measures. The adoption of generally recommended international minimum standards for the responsible conduct of fishing operations is also on the agenda.

Southern Indian Ocean Fisheries Agreement

SIOFA is a multilateral agreement adopted in July 2006 by the Food and Agriculture Organisation for the conservation and sustainable use of fishery resources in the waters beyond national jurisdiction in the Southern Indian Ocean.

The main objective is to ensure the long term conservation and sustainable use of the fishery resources in the area of competence through cooperation among the Contracting Parties. Another objective is to promote the sustainable development of fisheries, taking into account the needs of developing States bordering the competence area, and in particular the least-developed among them and the Small Island Developing States.

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Mauritius: Preparatory Workshop Held for 2017 UN Oceans Conference

17 May 2017 - The two-day workshop ahead of the Ocean Conference is a joint initiative of UNDP and the Ministry of Ocean Economy, Marine Resources, Fisheries and Shipping.

17 May 2017 - A two-day preparatory workshop ahead of the high-level United Nations (UN) Oceans Conference, aiming at the successful implementation of the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14, kicked off this morning at Ravenala Attitude Hotel in Balaclava.

The workshop is a joint initiative of the Ministry of Ocean Economy, Marine Resources, Fisheries and Shipping and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Participants including local and international stakeholders, researchers and volunteers of Non-Governmental Organisations are attending the workshop. The working sessions are being conducted by resource persons from the UNDP and the National Ocean Council.

Present at the opening ceremony, the Minister of Ocean Economy, Marine Resources, Fisheries and Shipping, Mr. Premdut Koonjoo, underlined that the global prosperity of countries depend largely on oceans and seawaters. The successful outcomes of blue economy thrive on a safe and clean marine environment which necessitates healthy waste management practices, elimination of marine pollution and further intervention of regulatory bodies, he pointed out.

He also enumerated few disadvantages namely the acidification of water, global warming, rising sea-level, unreported and illegal fishing activities which weaken the coastal economy of a country. He underscored that Government is strongly aligned to the SDGs pledged in September 2015 and is committed to combat environmental issues as well as other daunting challenges to safeguard the marine sector.

According to Minister Koonjoo, the challenge is to tap the full potential of the ocean economy while maintaining environmental sustainability. In this respect, some Government initiatives are: setting up of Coastal Water Quality guidelines, Fisheries Division, Bank Fishery Management Plan, Port State Control Unit, and Fisheries Monitoring Centre.

PHOTO: Government of Mauritius (Port Louis) 

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Seychelles to Share Knowledge On Ocean Through New Learning Centre

8 May 2017 - A new centre for ocean restoration, awareness and learning (CORAL) has opened on Praslin, the second-most populated island of Seychelles.

8 May 2017 - A new centre for ocean restoration, awareness and learning (CORAL) has opened on Praslin, the second-most populated island of Seychelles.

"The aim of the centre is to bring together scientists and students from all over the world and share knowledge on how to make our oceans better," said Nirmal Shah, the chief executive of Nature Seychelles, a not-for-profit organisation that will be responsible for the centre.

Shah said the centre will use information gathered over the past seven years on one of the largest coral restoration project ever implemented in the Cousin Island Special Reserve, located near Praslin.

Through the Reef Rescuers project, 32 species of corals were planted in a degraded area the size of a football field.

Following the El Niño incident in 2015, bleaching and mortality set back the successful trajectory of the project until a "super coral" was identified by the volunteers.

"The super coral could withstand the increase in temperature, and thus Nature Seychelles is seeking more funds to establish nurseries of this corals as well as monitor and maintain the designer reefs that we had built over the years," added Shah.

The Reef Rescuers project which began in 2010 received funding from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and this has been extended to allow the centre's operation until 2019.

The existing centre includes dormitories, offices as well as a meeting room and there is currently only two permanent staff. This will soon change when the centre starts its daily operations.

At the opening of the centre, Melanie Zimmerman, the US embassy's charge d'affaires responsible for Mauritius and Seychelles, commended Nature Seychelles for its efforts in saving the ocean in the midst of climate change.

Zimmerman said the project should be a point of reference for the country and the whole world and will encourage students to join the programme being offered by the centre.

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Mauritius: Ocean Economy Ministry Organises Workshop On Coastline Mapping Using Satellite Imagery

18 Apr 2017 - A five-day regional training workshop on Coastline Mapping using Satellite Imagery was launched yesterday at the Mauritius Oceanography Institute (MOI) in Albion.

18 Apr 2017 - A five-day regional training workshop on Coastline Mapping using Satellite Imagery was launched yesterday at the Mauritius Oceanography Institute (MOI) in Albion. The objective of the workshop is to provide technical staff with the theoretical principles and practical exercises for using satellite imagery to perform coastline mapping in the framework of the Monitoring for Environment and Security in Africa (MESA) Project.

Some 20 participants from Comoros, Seychelles, and Madagascar along with local stakeholders are attending the workshop which is organised by the MOI in collaboration with the Ministry of Ocean Economy, Marine Resources, Fisheries and Shipping and the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC).

This initiative of the MOI forms part of the capacity building activities of the MESA Project, funded by the European Union. It utilises Earth Observation and satellite technologies to generate products and information services for sustainable environmental management. Currently, it is offering products and operational services to African users in areas such as: agricultural production; monitoring and assessment of droughts and floods; climate services for disaster risk reduction; coastal and marine resources management; and water resources management, amongst others.

Present at the opening ceremony, the Minister of Ocean Economy, Marine Resources, Fisheries and Shipping, Mr Premdut Koonjoo, stated that marine research and innovation is an essential input to informed policy and management. He underlined that time has come for the Indian Ocean to experience an era of close exchange and cooperation in order to become one of the world's ocean economic exchange region. MESA is a good example of how we can develop such cooperation and reinforce our planning capacity in various sectors of the economy, he said.

Minister Koonjoo highlighted that MESA fits well with the objectives of the Government especially in the context of the Ocean Economy. He recalled that Government is working towards the setting up of a legal framework and a unified regulatory body to license, supervise, monitor and regulate the activities of ocean related economic operators.

The Minister also stressed on the need for a better understanding of how our coastal areas respond to different hazards in particular the climatic changes that can increase the risks posed to the coastal environment of the IOC countries. He added that it is with these concerns in mind that the MOI has proposed the elaboration of Coastal Vulnerability Index maps for the African countries.

He appealed to the participants to take advantage of the training and help in designing, promoting and implementing future policies and development plans for sustainable development, hence, contributing and enhancing the socio-economic conditions of their countries and the African population at large.

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