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Reefs
Rehabilitating our coral reefs and enhancing the socio-economic well-being of local communities.

In Mauritius, healthy coral reefs significantly contribute to tourism, fisheries, and shoreline protection, all three of which are vital aspects of the country’s prosperity. Unfortunately, certain lagoon reefs in Mauritius have lost more than 50-60% of of their live coral cover in recent years.

The current state of our reefs.

According to the Mauritian Oceanography Institute (MOI), certain lagoon reefs in Mauritius have lost more than 50-60% of of their live coral cover in recent years due to a combination of pollution and acidification, coral blasting and dredging, sedimentation, poor fishing practices, warming ocean temperatures, and mass bleaching events. Such an unchecked loss in reef cover threatens to jeopardize the Mauritian industries and welfare of citizens that rely on their sustained health.

The lagoon reef cover in Anse la Raie, Mauritius declined from 60% to 7% between 2004 and 2012 – MOI, Unpublished Data

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Coral farming in Trou aux Biches

In 2013, we launched a coral farming project in Trou aux Biches in collaboration with the Mauritius Oceanography Institute (MOI) and funded by the United Nations Development Programme’s Global Environment Facility (UNDP-GEF). We installed fixed rope coral nurseries and were able to rear and transplant up to 5,000 coral fragments into the degraded and damaged lagoon of Trou aux Biches through the end of 2014.

Conservation through education.

Trou aux Biches has a signficant population of artisanal fishermen who’s livelihoods depend on the health of the reef, and many of the area’s restaurants and roadside food stands rely on locally-caught fish to populate their menus. As well, the town boasts a world-renowned beach, and the community of this popular tourist destination derives much of its revenue from tourism, especially through scuba diving and recreational boating.

Through the coral farming project, we want to teach local residents and our students about the value of, and to take ownership for, the sustained health of their underwater environment.

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