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Albion Fisheries Research Centre

  About the Albion Fisheries Research Centre
  Basic Objectives of the Albion Fisheries Research Centre
 
About the Albion Fisheries Research Centre
The Albion Fisheries Research Centre (AFRC) became operational in June 1982.   It was almost entirely constructed and equipped with the assistance of the Government of Japan under a Grant Aid Project, in three phases, between 1981 and 1995 to cope with the increasing number of projects being implemented.
The AFRC is the technical arm of the Ministry of Fisheries and carries out applied research, development and management activities.  In 1982, the AFRC had a total area of 1 300 m2 comprising an ecological observation room, two biology laboratories, an ecotoxicology laboratory, machine workshops, office/ administrative block and a documentation unit.  Later in 1987, a marine shrimp culture experimental station was added to it comprising a shrimp hatchery (442 m2); a laboratory/office block (382 m2) and a set of out-door rearing ponds. Finally in 1995, the AFRC was further extended to house a Conference Hall and a Marine Conservation Centre of floor area 1 286 m2 with study rooms/administrative block and laboratory facilities for marine ecology, marine chemistry, marine bacteriology and physical oceanography.  The available infrastructure presently covers a total area of 3 410m2.
Furthermore, a Fisheries Monitoring Centre was set up at AFRC, in February 2005, to track movement of fishing vessels in the EEZ of Mauritius through a Vessel Monitoring System (VMS).   It monitors fishing activities of local and foreign licensed vessels as part of a coherent management strategy to improve the sustainable exploitation of resources to reduce illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing in Mauritian EEZ.  The VMS is linked to two other workstations located at the National Coast Guard Headquarters in Port Louis and at the Maritime Air Squadron in Plaisance. 
The Centre has a staff strength of some 85 officers in the scientific and technical grade supported by the administrative staff and manual workers.
Projects/services of the Centre are implemented through the following 4 Divisions: (1) Fisheries Management Division, (2) Aquaculture Division, (3) Marine Conservation Division and (4) Laboratories/Documentation Unit.
  • to carry out research and studies needed for the sustainable development and management of marine living resources (fish stocks, coral reefs etc…);
  • to provide support services to stakeholders of the fishing industry (including those involved in aquaculture development);
  • Developing management plans for sustainable exploitation of the resources and new fishing areas;
  • to provide advice to policy makers on matters relating to the management and development of living marine resources and the conservation of marine environment including the creation of marine parks and reserves in accordance with the provisions of the Fisheries and Marine Resources Act and the Environmental Protection Act; and
  • to carry out collaborative research and management as regard regional and international fisheries and marine living resources.

Contact:
The Principal Fisheries Officer
Fisheries Research Service
Ministry of Fisheries
Albion Fisheries Research Centre
Albion
Petite Rivière
Republic of Mauritius
Tel.:    +(230) 238 4925
          +(230) 238 4100
          +(230) 238 4829
          +(230) 238 4744
Fax:    +(230) 238 4184
 
Email: fisheries@mail.gov.mu

 

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