OCEAN ECONOMY MAURITIUS

Next Pillar of Mauritian Economy
 
The ocean economy is envisaged as the next pillar of the economic development of the Republic of Mauritius. Following the launch of the National Dialogue on the Ocean Economy under the aegis of the Prime Minister’s Office on 22 and 23 July 2013, an invitation
was extended to the public at large to contribute their ideas to this new national initiative.
All ideas would be synthesized and condensed with a view to charting a Road Map. It would subsequently serve as the basis of the master plan for implementing short-, medium- and long-term projects.
 
ADD’s proposals

In response to the national call for proposal from the the Mauritius Oceanography Institute(MOI) in the context of its future development Strategy, ADD submitted a 7-point proposal. This is briefly listed hereunder.

MOI is a parastatal research organisation responsible for the formulation, implementation and coordination of scientific programmes relating to the protection, exploration and development of marine living and non-living resources in the Maritime Zones of the Republic of Mauritius.
 
Large Marine Eco-system (LME)
 
Mascarene Plateau should be recognised as a Large Marine Eco-system (LME) in order to attract attention and funding at the regional and international levels. Increased focus on LMEs will result in enhanced studies on ocean systems and living and non-living resources.

Marine Protected Areas (MPAs)
 
Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), currently covers only 0.28 % of the territorial waters and an insignificant value of its EEZ and Extended Continental Shelf. MPAs should be extended to meeting the target of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) which has recommended that 10 % of the Global Ocean become MPAs by 2020.
 
Aquaculture in Lagoons and Outer Islands
 
Aquaculture in Lagoons and Outer Islands in the following areas should be developed and strengthened:
  • Edible oyster
  • Sea cucumber
  • Sea algae/weeds
  • Pearl oyster
  • Spirulina
  • Minerals, Oil and Gas Potential

Marine in schools –Scholarship
 
Marine Science be promoted in schools and a Scholarship be awarded in Marine science at HSC level.
 
Research vessel
 
In the long-term, a multi-purpose Ocean Research Vessel should be procured or existing naval vessels be equipped gradually with sophisticated equipment. As a start, the vessel should be provided with ocean measuring instruments – temperature, salinity, etc. The research vessel could be acquired jointly with the countries of the Indian Ocean island countries.

Building Institutional Capacity

Institutional capacity of the Meteorological Services and Mauritius Oceanography Institute is strengthened

White Paper

A white paper on an ocean policy for the Republic of Mauritius is prepared for wide discussion at national level.
Next Pillar of Mauritian Economy
 
The ocean economy is envisaged as the next pillar of the economic development of the Republic of Mauritius. Following the launch of the National Dialogue on the Ocean Economy under the aegis of the Prime Minister’s Office on 22 and 23 July 2013, an invitation
was extended to the public at large to contribute their ideas to this new national initiative.
All ideas would be synthesized and condensed with a view to charting a Road Map. It would subsequently serve as the basis of the master plan for implementing short-, medium- and long-term projects.
 

ADD’s proposals

In response to the national call for proposal from the the Mauritius Oceanography Institute(MOI) in the context of its future development Strategy, ADD submitted a 7-point proposal. This is briefly listed hereunder.

MOI is a parastatal research organisation responsible for the formulation, implementation and coordination of scientific programmes relating to the protection, exploration and development of marine living and non-living resources in the Maritime Zones of the Republic of Mauritius.
 

Large Marine Eco-system (LME)
 
Mascarene Plateau should be recognised as a Large Marine Eco-system (LME) in order to attract attention and funding at the regional and international levels. Increased focus on LMEs will result in enhanced studies on ocean systems and living and non-living resources.

Marine Protected Areas (MPAs)
 
Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), currently covers only 0.28 % of the territorial waters and an insignificant value of its EEZ and Extended Continental Shelf. MPAs should be extended to meeting the target of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) which has recommended that 10 % of the Global Ocean become MPAs by 2020.
 
Aquaculture in Lagoons and Outer Islands
 
Aquaculture in Lagoons and Outer Islands in the following areas should be developed and strengthened:
•    Edible oyster
•    Sea cucumber
•    Sea algae/weeds
•    Pearl oyster
•    Spirulina
•    Minerals, Oil and Gas Potential
 

Marine in schools –Scholarship
 
Marine Science be promoted in schools and a Scholarship be awarded in Marine science at HSC level.
 
Research vessel
 
In the long-term, a multi-purpose Ocean Research Vessel should be procured or existing naval vessels be equipped gradually with sophisticated equipment. As a start, the vessel should be provided with ocean measuring instruments – temperature, salinity, etc. The research vessel could be acquired jointly with the countries of the Indian Ocean island countries.

Building Institutional Capacity

Institutional capacity of the Meteorological Services and Mauritius Oceanography Institute is strengthened

White Paper

A white paper on an ocean policy for the Republic of Mauritius is prepared for wide discussion at national level.