The Division is responsible for carrying out research and development activities aimed at increasing knowledge on the fishery resources foundin our Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) with a view to enabling its sustainable utilization. Itsactivities include research and assessment of fish stocks, monitoring offishing activities and the dissemination of information on fisheries matters.
To plan, develop and manage the fishery resources in a sustainable manner for the benefit of all stakeholders of the fisheries sector and the people at large.
Monitor and carry out research on the different fisheries to ensure sustainable use of the fishery resources.
Sample survey programmes are prepared for the collection of fisheries data at Fish Landing Station in order to maintain and update records of fishery statistics for estimation of fish landed for the management of the coastal fishery. After collection, the coastal fish landings data are processed using the Mauritius Catch Assessment Survey software. The processed data are then analysed to estimate the fish catch, fishing efforts and catch per fisherman day from the lagoon and off-lagoon areas.
The Fisheries Statistic Unit has been set up with aim to produce monthly statistical bulletins comprising information on fish catch from our waters, fees from permits and licence and aquaculture. The division is also responsible to collect and compile data on fishery statistics. These data are transmitted to local and international organisations upon request.
- Fish caught by illegal means are examined and identified and reports prepared for action to be undertaken by enforcement bodies (Fisheries Protection Service, National Coast Guard, Police and Consumer Protection Unit).
A Lagoon and Off-lagoon Management Plan is being developed in order to manage the coastal fishery resources sustainably. The preparation of the plan will be carried out using the guidelines set under the Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries (EAF) where all stakeholders will participate to formulate and develop the plan.
The Offshore Demersal Fisheries comprises the bank fishery, semi-industrial chilled fish fishery, deep-water slope fishery and the St Brandon fishery. Fish landing data collected through vessel logbooks are processed and analysed to maintain updated records of all the fisheries. The data are used for the estimation of yields, rate of exploitation, spatial distribution and estimation of fishing quotas of different fisheries, in view of sustainable exploitation and fish stock management.
Sampling programmes are undertaken to collect length and weight data to estimate population parameters, such as growth rate, mortality rate and recruitment pattern.
A Bank Fishery Management Plan has been prepared to develop management measures for the Nazareth and Saya de Malha banks. The plan was developed with the assistance of the Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries/NANSEN Project/FAO and the South West Indian Ocean Fisheries Project. In January 2013 the Bank Fishery Management Plan was validated with the collaboration of all stakeholders.
Surveys for assessment of untapped fish resources are undertaken in the Mauritian EEZ.
Divisional Scientific Officer
Fisheries Management Division
Albion Fisheries Research Centre
Phone: (230) 238 4100, (230) 238 4829
Fax: (230) 238 4184