Mauritius tackles coral diseases

 

The University of Mauritius is organizing a three-day training course on coral diseases and monitoring aiming at increasing knowledge and training stakeholders on the potential diseases affecting the island’s coral reefs in a bid to help in decision making, conservation and management of this delicate ecosystem.

Addressing the participants, the acting Vice–chancellor of the University Prof Hussein Subratty said “we rely on the coral reef ecosystem to provide us with food, medicine and other essentials.” “Yet, this rich coral reef ecosystem is being lost at an alarmingly accelerated arte because of anthropogenic activities and other threats”, he said.

According to him, these losses may entail serious consequences such as lower reef fish abundance and numbers, fewer opportunities for livelihoods, decreased quality of coastal health and over-exploitation of marine resources like food and pharmaceuticals, implying a decline in coastal livelihood.

“Mauritius which has about 24,500 hectares of coral reef and being a small island developing state, depends highly on its coastal ecosystems for its tourism industry. This is the main attraction and any degradation to this resource will negatively affect tourism and reef-related activities”, Prof Subratty emphasized

 

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