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Review Existing Policies, Legal and Institutional Framework for Sustainable Use and Development of Marine Fisheries Resources
by Ministry of Ocean Economy, Marine Resources, Fisheries and Shipping, Mauritius (Government)
Objective: The Government is committed to protect and conserve fisheries resources and transform Mauritius into a major sea hub in the region for the supply of value added processes and services related to the sourcing and marketing of seafood products through an ecosystem approach to fisheries.

Research, experimental fishing, efficient fishing, promote aquaculture, provide cost effective service to the fisher's community, incentives to alleviate poverty and contribute to food security, organizing cooperatives, training and empowerment, responding to marketing and trade opportunities that include women in the community, science based resource management plan for fishing, promote cooperation and collaboration at national, regional and international level for : capacity building, monitoring, control and surveillance, long term protection and conservation of fisheries resources and marine biodiversity, the implementation of management plans for Marine Parks , and implementation of fisheries and international instrument Mauritius is party to, deter IIU fishing.

, processing of high value added seafood products, and marine aquaculture in Mauritius. Government is promoting the seafood industry to attract investors in tuna transshipment.
Progress reports
By 2020, sustainably manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems to avoid significant adverse impacts, including by strengthening their resilience, and take action for their restoration in order to achieve healthy and productive oceans
Type of commitment
  • Large Marine Ecosystem approach
  • Ecosystem-based Adaptation
By 2020, effectively regulate harvesting and end overfishing, illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and destructive fishing practices and implement science-based management plans, in order to restore fish stocks in the shortest time feasible, at least to levels that can produce maximum sustainable yield as determined by their biological characteristics
Type of commitment
  • Compliance, monitoring and enforcement
  • Reduction and elimination fishing practices and gear that destroy/degrade marine habitat
  • Science-based fisheries management plans
  • Ecosystem approach to fisheries (EAF)
  • Reduction of fisheries by-catch and product waste/losses
  • Eco-labelling, traceability, certification programmes
  • Market-based instruments (Individually Traded Quotas, Vessel Day Schemes, etc.)
By 2020, conserve at least 10 per cent of coastal and marine areas, consistent with national and international law and based on the best available scientific information
Type of commitment
  • Marine protected area with partial protection
  • Multiple use marine protected area
  • Locally or community managed marine areas
  • MPA management and/or enforcement
By 2030, increase the economic benefits to Small Island developing States and least developed countries from the sustainable use of marine resources, including through sustainable management of fisheries, aquaculture and tourism
Type of commitment
  • Economic benefits from sustainable fisheries
  • Economic benefits from sustainable aquaculture/mariculture
Increase scientific knowledge, develop research capacity and transfer marine technology, taking into account the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission Criteria and Guidelines on the Transfer of Marine Technology, in order to improve ocean health and to enhance the contribution of marine biodiversity to the development of developing countries, in particular small island developing States and least developed countries
Type of commitment
  • Scientific, socioeconomic and interdisciplinary research
  • Research capacity development
  • Data access and sharing
  • Training and professional development
  • Scientific cooperation
  • Transfer marine technology
  • Actions that support SIDS and LDCs
Provide access for small-scale artisanal fishers to marine resources and markets
Type of commitment
  • Legal/policy/institutional measures
  • Access to market-based instruments
  • Transfer of fishing technology
  • Access to coastal fishing grounds
  • Access and capacity building for eco-labelling and traceability systems
  • Community empowerment for fisheries management
Enhance the conservation and sustainable use of oceans and their resources by implementing international law as reflected in UNCLOS, which provides the legal framework for the conservation and sustainable use of oceans and their resources, as recalled in paragraph 158 of The Future We Want
Type of commitment
  • Activities to raise awareness of the comprehensive legal and policy framework for the sustainable development of oceans and seas, in particular UNCLOS, its Implementing Agreements and other relevant ocean-related instruments and promote their effective im
  • Ratification, accession and acceptance of UNCLOS, its Implementing Agreements and other relevant ocean-related instruments
  • Activities to develop the capacity of States towards broader participation in and effective implementation of UNCLOS and its implementing Agreements
  • Strengthening ocean governance, for example through the development of a national ocean policy or regional ocean policy
  • Development of necessary infrastructure and/or enforcement capabilities to comply with international law, as reflected in UNCLOS and as complemented by other ocean-related instruments
Introduction of new Fisheries Bill
Mangrove protection and Rehabilitation, Monitoring of eco system and water quality and farming of corals to restore degraded reef areas
Other, please specify
Additional support may be granted in the form of funding and /or technical assistance under bilateral, regional and international cooperation.
In-kind contribution
all associated logistics and facilities
Staff / Technical expertise
The Ministry has 79 funded posts (general cadre) for all administrative matters, 375 funded posts for officers in the technical, enforcement and general cadres to assist in fisheries development snf 12 posts for certification of seafood products
In-kind contribution
The project is anchored in the Government vision 2030 and to the unfolding of the new era of development towards an ocean economy.
Basic information
Time-frame: September 2015 - 2030
Fisheries Division, Competent Authority -Seafood, Shipping Division, Mauritius Oceanography Institute, Board of Investment, Federation of Fishers/Cooperative Fishers, Mauritius Export Association, Fishing Industry, Ministry of Tourism, Ministry of Finance and Economic Development, Ministry of Public Utilities, Ministry of Social Security, National Solidarity and Environment and Sustainable Development, Ministry of Housing and Lands, Ministry of Local Government, the State Law Office, Non- Governmental Organisations and the Beach Authority
Ocean Basins
  • Indian Ocean
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Nation, regional and International Bodie, Regional Fisheries Management Organizations ( SADC, COMESA,ESA, EAC, NEPAD, EU, UNDP,IOC,IOTC,SWIOFC)
Contact information
Senior Chief Executive Senior Chief Executive, Mr, fishadmin@govmu.org, +230 211 2470- 74
Port Louis, Republic of Mauritius
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