Mauritius and its Marine Life

6 grey and yellow tails and fins fishes under the sea close to the sand swimming close to a rock with growing polyps, with words what's found in the sea of Mauritius written on image, representing the marine life of mauritius

The beautiful marine life that the locals enjoy at perpetuity and tourists crave for, is due to an intricate and well-defined system of coral reef that surrounds the island. The lagoon is calm and homogenous most of the time thanks to the surrounding fringing Read More

Natural resources in the Mauritian waters

Underwater image showing 2 fishes, grey, black, white and yellowish in color amongst a variety of natural resources like white and brown coral species.

According to the Maritime Zones Act 2005, natural resources refer to minerals and other non-living materials found in the subsoil and seabed and the marine organisms in a sedentary state, that is, they are unfit for movement when they are harvested or depend on Read More

Mauritius – Richest algae community in the Indian Ocean

Green chunk of green algae lying on white sand and shallow clear water

Although small in size, Mauritius has an impressive figure of marine algae. Scientifically named as seaweed, they are photosynthetic organisms that can be as small as bacteria or as big as plants. They are the greenish to brownish leaves that wash up the shore Read More

Maritime laws of Mauritius

Brown gavel with golden middle on desk representing law

The maritime law or the admiralty law relates to all the legal practices concerning maritime activities. It is a set of rules and regulations that span from the legitimate licensing of ships to private marine exploration for a particular nation. On the other hand, Read More

What lies on the seafloor around Mauritius?

Red starfish on sandy beach, Mauritius.

Mauritius is located in the South West Indian Ocean Basin. The Indian Ocean itself started to expand during the splitting of Gondwana some 140 million years ago but was fully formed and filled to what it is now some 36 million years ago. It Read More

What does the marine environment consist of?

Grey and cream coral with a silver fish with black stripes and a yellow fish with black and white stripes, and smaller orange fishes swimming above the corals under a blue ocean of the marine environment

The marine environment relates to all physical and biological interaction that occurs between the sea and the land at the highest watermark. It includes the oceans, seas, bays, estuaries, lagoons, deep sea, oceanic trenches and ridges. In simple terms, the marine environment starts right Read More

Wetlands of Mauritius

Grass blades reflecting in a small pool of water

A wetland is a place that is permanently or seasonally filled with fresh water, salt water or a mixture of these two. As such, wetlands include areas such as marshes, ponds, borders of rivers and lakes and deltas. Though often neglected in environmental conservation Read More

Mangroves of Mauritius

Sturdy mangrove trees growing along jewel bleu river banks.

What is a mangrove? Duke, 1992, defined a mangrove as a “tree, shrub, palm or ground fern, generally exceeding more than half a meter in height, and which normally grows above mean sea level in the intertidal zones of marine coastal environments or estuarine Read More

Coral reef of Mauritius

Reddish Acropora coral species with white buds on top growing in an aquarium

Mauritius island is almost completely enclosed by an extensive reef system covering an area of 300 km2. The open areas are breaches 18 km wide in the south and 13 km wide in the west plus gaps near river mouths. Formation of coral reef Read More