The reefs to the south-east of Mauritius are in a worrying state. With pollution and global warming, some of the corals are dying. To draw attention to this problem, Eco-Sud and other non-governmental organizations (NGOs) made the Blue Bay seabed open to the public on Saturday, 10 December.
Yan Coquet, program coordinator of Lagon Bleu, an NGO linked to Eco-Sud, has identified some practices that cause harm to the lagoon. “The real problem is the lack of information and the lack of an awareness program for Mauritians. In general, Mauritians destroy the lagoon inadvertently or by laziness, breaking a piece of coral, for example, thinking that their actions will have no impact, “he regrets.
To solve this problem, Yan Coquet proposes education and awareness. “It is necessary to educate the Mauritian pupils to realize the importance to be accorded to the reefs.”
Dr. Ranjeet Bhagooli of the University of Mauritius focused his intervention on the blue economy. “For the blue economy to be the mainstay of the Mauritian economy, the protection of our reefs will be paramount,” he said. According to him, the polyps (Editor’s note: living part of the coral) are sensitive to climate change and pollution. Their death, says Dr Ranjeet Bhagooli, will lead to the degradation of coral reefs, which will impact on the fish population in the lagoon.
We advise tourist with the intention of visiting Blue Bay Marine Park not to have their hopes up too high as there are now only small patches of growing coral. Although boat trips can be taken to areas of activity.
Unfortunately there are many ecological pressure n this reserve. Effluent from the river, fuel from the many tourist boat and those which travel through the pass, it’s position at the foot of the national airport, global warming all contribute to the corals’ demise.
Fortunately, there are more pristine environments about 1/2km down the beach at pointe d’esny for avid snorkelers.