The Mauritius Oceanography Institute (MOI), a parastatal body under the Ministry of Ocean Economy, Marine Resources, Fisheries, Shipping and Outer Islands, was established in January 2000 in order to rationalise and coordinate research and development activities related to oceanography in Mauritius Waters. The Institute also advises Government on the formulation and implementation of policies and programmes in respect to oceanography. learn more about the Mauritius Oceanography Institute
An important achievement of the MOI was to formulate a Joint Submission to the UN Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf for an extension of the Continental Shelf of the Republic of Mauritius in the region of the Mascarene Plateau in 2008. This secured an additional sea bed area of 396,000 square kilometres for both Seychelles and Mauritius.
Since its creation, the MOI has embarked on numerous research activities that relate to the ocean and its constituents. With an Exclusive Economic Zone of about 1.9 million km2 and the additional seabed territories of 396,000 km2 recently acquired, Mauritius has a wide maritime zone to manage. This coastal and ocean territory holds an immense potential for the exploitation and development of living and non-living ocean resources which could play a vital role in the economy of Mauritius.
As announced in the Government Programme 2015 – 2019, Government intends to make Ocean economy an important industry to sustain economic diversification, job creation and wealth generation. The MOI will be called to play a leading role in that respect.
In order to fulfil as well as deliver on its mandate and reach higher grounds in the pursuit of its mission in an effective manner, the MOI needs to house itself properly and be equipped with appropriate tools and technologies. The construction of its new building at Albion has come at an opportune time and will be crucial for MOI in implementing its projects.