The Ministerial Order of April 25, 2017 aims to protect 16 species of coral endemic to the Caribbean region. This list covers most of the reef building species of the Caribbean region.
A REGULATORY TEXT TO PROTECT
Coral reefs have a major importance in the tropics. Protectors of the coast and reservoirs of biodiversity, these ecosystems are subject to alarming degradation.
Faced with this alarming observation, the State adopted in 2017 a decree aimed at greater protection of certain species of coral.
The ministerial order of April 25, 2017 aims to protect 16 species of coral endemic to the Caribbean region. This list covers most of the reef building species of the region.
In order to continue active coral restoration actions, the Grand Port has submitted a request for a waiver to the State’s instructor services.
The Prefectorial Order DEAL/RN n°971-2019-03-07-002 of March 7, 2019 which follows this request for exemption authorizes the Grand Port to collect, use, transport and reintroduce into the natural environment specimens of the following protected species: Acropora cervicornis (Deer horn), Acropora palmta (Elk horn), Orbicella annularis (Massive star) et Orbicella faveolata (Mountain star) for the purpose of experimenting with techniques for the conservation of species.
The decree precisely defines the operations that can be carried out and provides for an independent scientific committee in charge of validating the operating protocols for each action.
Thanks to this order, the Cáyoli program will begin a new decisive stage: the reintroduction of corals rose in coral farms into the natural environment.
Photo credit: Dany MOUSSA and Axel LOPEZ