Reef conservation is an accredited NGO (non-governmental organization) dedicated to the conservation and the restoration of the marine Environment of Mauritius. Their role is to protect Mauritius’ 250km2 lagoon and its 150km reef and to educate the public. “Reef’s” goals include Education & awareness, community outreach and conservation, research & monitoring.
Fixed Mooring Buoys (FMB)
FMBs are devices that have been set up in Mauritius’ waters. They are drilled in dead coral reefs. The “fixed mooring buoys” being one of their successful projects have influenced various fishermen in tying their boats to the FMB. Reef’s intention while placing FMBs was to prevent the damages and reduce the impacts caused by anchors and other inappropriate moorings. Reef conducted various workshops and trainings with fishermen on how to use FMBs. This voluntary project is not law enforced and reef feels that voluntary acts work better than law enforced regulations. It took Reef two years to get approval from the government to place FMBs but once it was in place people respected and still is respecting the FMBS.
Voluntary Marine Conservation Areas (VCMA)
VCMA is another voluntary project REEF has put in place. This idea is similar to Seychelles’ Marine Parks except it is not enforced law. Their main objective is to help protect the marine environment by involving coastal communities and those who depend on it for subsidence on a voluntary basis, to determine best practices for the maintenance and improvement of the Marine environment as well as ensuring the sustainable use of marine resources. Reef describes this project as successful.
The session was exceptionally informative mainly because of my love for marine protection. Chapeau to REEF and their awesome work. Society needs proactive people like them.
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Written by Nathalia Lawen.