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Mauritius features at Earth Optimism Summit

Mauritius featured at the Earth Optimism Summit in Washington, D.C. last month where the island’s development of positive first steps towards sustainable fisheries was discussed.

According to National Geographic, the Mauritian government, in partnership with local NGOs and with support from the GEF Small Grants Programme-UNDP and the FAO/EU/IOC Smartfish Programme, led the first national octopus fishing closure for two months of the year. With a rapid life cycle (18 months on average), the octopus can double its weight in only two months. When the fishery reopened after the closure, the weight of catches doubled.

To see a video of one of the fishermen helping to create an environmentally balanced future that has conservation at its heart, go here.

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