In the context of World Fisheries Day 2023 observed on 21 November, the Ministry of Blue Economy, Marine Resources, Fisheries and Shipping organised an open day, on Sunday, at the Blue Bay Marine Park Centre as part of activities to mark the Day.
The Minister of Blue Economy, Marine Resources, Fisheries and Shipping, Mr Sudheer Maudhoo; the Minister of National Infrastructure and Community Development, Mr Mahendranuth Sharma Hurreeram; and Member of the Parliament, Mr Kavi Doolub; were present on the occasion.
The activities comprised an exhibition, free guided tours on glass bottom boats at the Blue Bay Marine Park, face Painting, and fun fishing.
Several stakeholders as well as the general public participated in the activities including 200 children with special needs among whom 100 were from Rodrigues. Additionally, in a bid to encourage children to develop a love and passion for aquatic and marine animals, the Mauritian children were offered an aquarium and fishes.
World Fisheries Day
World Fisheries Day is observed annually on 21 November to highlight the importance of sustainable fisheries management and to draw attention to the critical role of small-scale fishers in ensuring food security and livelihoods for millions around the world. This global event serves as a platform to raise awareness about the challenges facing fisheries, including overfishing, habitat destruction, and climate change.
The theme for World Fisheries Day 2023 is Celebrating the Wealth of Fisheries and Aquaculture.