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Mauritius: Extension of big fishing areas 40 km of the coast




Mauritian waters within eight miles around the shores of the island would be less in fish for the sport fishing destination of many tourists’ followers of the discipline.

Catches of tuna and marlins would strongly decrease for months and deep-sea fishing enthusiasts are thus beginning to opt for other destinations in the Indian Ocean and seem to "sulk" destination of Mauritius, as indicated in the newspaper L'Express of Mauritius.
 
A worrying situation for the professionals of the sector which has pushed the authorities to extend the practice of the fishing up to 24 miles from the shores of the island, is about 40 kilometers instead of the approximately 13 kilometers authorised previously (8 miles).
 
However, the skippers of fishing vessels should follow training provided by Coast Guard officers and qualified professionals to obtain the precious sesame now allowing them to venture beyond the current limitation without risking a any fine.
 
As a reminder, if large fishing vessels operated outside the bounds of the 13 authorized kilometres and if they were caught by the patrol aircraft of the Mauritius police, owners of the vessels were punished a lump sum of 12,000 fine rupees (292 euros).



Fabrice François


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