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  • Tuna Data Collection and Processing in Mauritius

    Munbodh, M.; Norungee, D. (IOTC, 1999)
    IOTC Proceedings no. 2
    The Fisheries division of the Ministry of Fisheries and Cooperatives is involved in research, development, management and protection of fishery resources of Mauritius. It is divided into a Fishery Research and Development Service and a Fisheries Protection Service. The latter section is primarily concerned with the protection of fishery resources and enforcement of Fisheries Act. The Albion Fisheries Research Centre (AFRC), established in 1982, comprises the technical services of the Ministry and is responsible for research and development in the fishery sector. Its activities include resource assessment and management, development of fishing technology, fish quality inspection, studies on the marine environment, establishment of marine parks, and aquaculture research.
  • Introduction of Fish Aggregating Devices in the Southwest Indian Ocean (A Case Study)

    Venkatasami, A. (FAO, 1990)
    SWIOP/SW/49 - IPFC - Symposium on Artificial Reefs and Fish Aggregating Devices (Fads) as Resource Enhancement and Fisheries Management Tools
    During the past decades, several countries of the Southwest Indian Ocean region have attempted setting Fish Aggregating Devices (FADs) with varying success. Initially, FADs were rapidly lost without being able to produce any results. The gradual improvement in design through the work carried out mainly by SWIOP1 in the region, lead to the development of long lived FADs in Mauritius. The transfer of that technology to other islands such as Reunion, Madagascar, Comores and Rodrigues (Mauritius) gave a new impulse to the activity.
  • Analysis of the Purse Seine Fishery of Mauritius, 1990 - 1994, and Comparison of Catch Rate and Species Composition of Catches of Mauritian Purse Seiners to Those of the French Fleet

    Norungee, D.; Lim Shung, C. (IOTC, 1996)
    The catches made by purse seiners on schools associated with logs constitute more than half of the total catch of the purse-seine fishery of the western Indian Ocean. In the purse-seine fishery on log-associated schools of tuna, either natural logs are spotted by vessels and are marked with radio beacons, or artificial logs are set at sea to concentrate the tuna prior to fishing operations. The first attempt at commercial purse seining was successfully carried out in the Indian Ocean in 1979 by a joint-venture Mauritian vessel using the same technique as the Japanese, who had traditionally fished on schools associated with logs in the Pacific Ocean. They started fishing in the Indian Ocean after experimental purse-seine fishing was conducted by the Japan Marine Fishery Resource Centre (JAMARC) for the purpose of providing similar fishing patterns to those in the Pacific Ocean using artificial logs (payao, or raft).
  • Fish-Aggregating Devices (FADS) as a Tool to Enhance Production of Artisanal Fishermen: Problems and Perspectives

    Sheik Mamode, A.; Venkatasami, A. (1996)
    Although Mauritius has a total land area of 2200 km2 and an EEZ of 1.6 million km2 due to the presence of outer islands, its total production of fish is relatively low. This is due to the fact that the primary productivity of the surrounding sea is one of the lowest in the Indian Ocean, at 0.15 g/m2/day (FAO/IOP, 1978). In the lagoon and reef drop-off of Mauritius, 2,840 artisanal fishermen produced only 1,663 t of fish in 1993. The MSY of this area is estimated at 1,669 t (Samboo & Mauree, 1987). The demand for fish products is on the increase in Mauritius, due to the improving living standards of the population, and to the increasing consciousness of the benefits to health of fish protein; the per capita consumption has increased from 12.5 kg in 1985 to 19 kg in 1994. As the catch from the lagoon can hardly be improved, the development of other fisheries has gained importance. It is in this context that a FAD-associated fishery was introduced in 1985 to tap the migratory pelagic resources of the near offshore waters of the island (Roullot et al., 1988). At present there are 21 FADs in operation around the island, in waters from 400 to 3000 m deep and at 1.5 to 12 nm from the coast.
  • Transhipment of tuna in Mauritius and analysis of the Mauritian purse-seine fishery, 1994-1997.

    Norungee, D.; Munbodh, M. (IOTC, 1998)
    IOTC Proceedings, 7th Expert Consultation on Indian Ocean Tunas
    This paper presents a review of tuna transhipment in Mauritius and of the local purse-seine fishery. Mauritian purse seiners use FADs to concentrate the fish before netting them. Information is presented on catch and effort, species composition, length frequency and spatial distribution of the purse-seine catches.