The ocean is vital to our country’s prosperity, wellbeing and way of life. When the cargo ship Wakashio ran aground on a coral reef off the south east coast of Mauritius in July 2020, the local community united.
The whole country – the local people, businesses, government and NGOs – rallied together, creating floating dams to limit the spread of oil in the lagoon and initiating the clean-up. Our swift actions had a significant impact, despite the challenges of COVID-19.
There are currently no visible signs of fuel in the water but the work continues, ensuring the fine cleaning of the coastline. Today, specialist environmental firms from around the world are being supported by 60 local fishermen to continue the recovery. The spill has affected a small area of the coastline, which is currently unavailable for recreational purposes, but we won’t rest until we restore the biodiversity of our beautiful island.