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June 12, 2013

Land Based Oceanic Industry: Blue Project Resurfaced

From the embryonic stage over five years, now the Land Based Oceanic Project, now known as Deep Ocean Water Applications Projects, resurfaced after being consigned to oblivion. At the Council of Ministers last Friday, it was noted that several companies have shown their interest in this project. Their proposals are currently under study.

It is left for the Land Based Oceanic Industry. Indeed, it seems that the government wants to revive the revolutionary project. The state has already invested Rs 6 million for its realization. A step forward to advocate the blue economy, which can be worth billions of rupees while creating jobs.

If the idea of a Land Based Oceanic Industry had germinated in 2003, the project had been designed in 2005. It includes the commercial operation of our seabed over 1000 meters. However, since there is the perception that this project has overslept in the drawers. Dr. Arjoon Suddhoo, director of the Mauritius Research Council (MRC), do not agree with this. "This is not an ordinary project. Like all green field projects, he took his time. But there has been progress, "he says. He adds that like all innovative projects, there is a lot of work to do.

According to the director of the MRC, investors have shown their interest in this project. "This is a viable project that will be very beneficial in the long term. Now, we must see the financial aspect, "said the latter. For its part, the oceanographer Vassen Kauppaymuthoo believes that this project is strategically advantageous for the country. Moreover, the concept of Ocean State is in the keynote 2012-2013 government.

"Maurice should focus on sustainable development of its ocean resources to complete the second phase of its economic development," said oceanographer. For him, there is no doubt that this project will bring new life to our republic, because the area of the exclusive economic zone of our island is not negligible.

However, Vassen Kauppaymuthoo stresses must not offend the mistakes of the past. That is to say, it is important not to focus on a wild development. We must, he says, think and plan. "The potential is there. Now we need the development of our marine resources is done in a controlled manner, "says our interlocutor.

For this, he advocates a strategic plan development and management should be developed prior to implementation of the Land Based Oceanic Project. Moreover, he adds that it is essential to declare at least 50% of the area of ??our marine areas as protected. This, so that there is no conflict of interest or conflict of use of these marine areas.

As a reminder, in 2005, the government had set up a 'Task Force', chaired by the Director of the Mauritius Research Council (MRC), Dr. Arjoon Suddhoo. His task was to carry out a feasibility study on the installation of a plant alienation of mineral water from our oceans. The committee included officials from the Ministry of Fisheries, Agro-Industry, Public Utilities, Ministry of Finance, Mauritius Oceanography Institute and the Board of Investment (BoI).

 

 

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