Permanent Monitoring Sites For Coral Reef Monitoring
Monitoring of ex-sand mining sites
Sand mining was banned in October 2001. Regular monitoring of the four sites namely Grand Gaube, Poudre d'Or, GRSE and Mahebourg show that there is gradual recolonisation of the seabed with sea-grass and other associated marine organisms.
• pH, Temperature, Salinity, Dissolved oxygen, Chemical Oxygen Demand, Nitrate-nitrogen, Phosphate, Trace metals (mercury), Pesticides
• Faecal coliform
• Total coliform
Coral reef studies (carried out at 12 sites / 23 stations)
| • Identification of marine organisms
| • Studies on percentage coral cover and Coral bleaching
| • Coral spawning and recruitment
| • Eradication of Crown of Thorns Starfish (COTs)
| • Fish and invertebrate count
• Ad-hoc surveys on coastal development works
Mangrove conservation and propagation:
• As at to-date, about 220 000 mangrove seedlings have been propagated over an extent of ~ 12 hectares at selected sites around the island.
Stranded marine mammals/turtles:
• In cases of stranded marine mammals/turtles, the Ministry is the sole authority responsible to activate the "Auction Plan for Stranded Marine Mammals/Turtles" in collaboration with different Ministries/Organizations.
| Elephant seal "Cyril" - 2007|
| Cyril at AFRC
|Turtle hatchlings at Gris Gris, 10 January, 2008. A green turtle laid eggs on the Gris Gris beach on 31 October 2007|
• Maintain links with institutions involved in the preservation and conservation of the environment
• Advise the general public and fishermen on issues pertaining to marine ecosystems and water quality.
• Technical advice on propagation of mangroves to concerned stakeholders.
Protocol used by the Fisheries Division to address environmental complaints
Albion Fisheries Research Centre, Albion, Petite Rivière
Tel No: 238 4829 & 238 4100 Fax No: 238 4184