Wiseoceans is a marine conservation and education company that works globally. I was lucky enough to visit the one based in Mauritius at the Four Season Resort, Mauritius at Anahita. A truly magnificent experience where I learned more about the ocean through an interesting presentation by Rick a Resident Marine Educator. His office is based the at the Marine Education Station located by the boathouse at the Bamboo Beach in the resort.
The presentation enabled us to understand the different aspects of the organisations which aims on educating, conserving and involving. Education and awareness on the marine diversity is the key to unlocking successful protection of the contents in the sea. Through the presentation I assembled a number of information. I was happy to find out that there are many sustainable projects endorsed by WiseOceans, for instance there is a pilot project still in discussion to build artificial corals in order to provide a habitat for some fish.
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We further understood more about the mangroves in Mauritius. It came to my attention that there was a difference in size and height to the ones in our home country Seychelles. Intrigued to know more, we were fortunate to see it for ourselves through an organised mangrove snorkel, which to many like me was a first time experience. We were made aware of the different possible fish we can find in between the mangroves as its tangled root system creates a nursery ground for juvenile fish to shelter. For instance one may encounter crocodile needlefish, butterfly fish, Moorish idol and many more.
Full of excitement we geared up, got into groups and went into the sea. Literally a breath-taking sight, the different colours of fish living amongst the roots of the mangroves were astonishing. Through the silence underwater I observed how they moved between the Corals, and at that moment I realised that the mangroves are not just plants found near the coast or the beach, they are HOMES, that need protection and conservation. Practical learning is necessary in the blue economy, going on site, seeing things for yourself drives you to be and do better.
The ocean is beautiful and as a Blue Economy ambassador I urge my fellow mates to go and see for themselves.
Written by Nathalie Young