Over the past fifty years, the high level of consumption in our society has caused an ever-increasing quantity of waste to fill the oceans. This pollution is now reaching a critical level, the accumulation of debris in the North Pacific being the most obvious, but sadly not the only, sign of it. A young Dutchman has suggested an innovative way of getting rid of this pollution, which could prove to be very useful both in Mauritius and elsewhere.
As usual, the simplest ideas are the best! Dutchman Boyan Slat has invented a floating V-shaped barrier two kilometres long. Positioned carefully according to the tides, it traps the various pieces of detritus, which are then extracted from the centre of the V using a special kind of platform, and then recycled. It goes without saying that the necessary research has been done to ensure that the whole contraption can survive the oceans’ most powerful storms. This idea, which could revolutionise the fight against waste, bears the working title Ocean Cleanup. As it is estimated that this waste totals 7 million tons, it is easy to see that this invention could have a huge impact. The first test of it in genuine conditions will start in 2016, off the coast of Tsushima, an island located between Japan and South Korea. This amazing invention will be very important, if not vital, for all Mauritians, who, being islanders, depend on the resources provided by the ocean and tourism. Fighting sea pollution is a major sustainable development priority in Mauritius. For the past 15 years, the Mauritian authorities have been doing their best to educate the public about living ecologically, as well as ensuring that industrial development goes hand-in-hand with environmental protection. Having become the “little dragon” of the south-western Indian Ocean in just a few decades, Mauritius is determined not to sacrifice its marine ecosystems to economic demands.
Blue Safari, allowing you to discover the depths of our island’s beautiful lagoons, is a perfect example of the link between the Mauritian economy and the ocean, and Boyan Slat’s invention could allow Blue Safari to carry out its activities in the optimum conditions!