Mauritius: Underwater World
Before sailors discovered the island and settlers built colonies on it, the sea life here must have been something to behold. The coral reefs surrounding Mauritius provided a habitat for a huge array of sea creatures. Unfortunately, the reefs here are no longer teeming with life. The economic success of the sugarcane and tourism industries in Mauritius has come at a high ecological price.
Home to the largest port facility in the Indian Ocean region, as well as a majority of the island’s hotels, the Mauritian coast sees a lot of activity. Construction and pollution have proven devastating to the marine life in the lagoons. Combined with overfishing, it’s lead many people here to acknowledge that there just isn’t much left to encounter on an underwater adventure within the barrier reef.
However, Mauritius is now working to create legislation that will better protect marine life on the island, while still allowing fishermen to feed themselves and their families.