Ruby Moothien Pillay

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Director, Mauritius Oceanography Institute
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My marine research career started in the early 1990s at the Ministry of Fisheries. In 2001, I joined the Mauritius Oceanography Institute where I am currently the Director. My pre and post doctoral experience stem from participation in several local, regional and international projects in coral taxonomy, coral reef ecology, phylogenetics, phylogeography and population genetics.

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The overall responsibility of the Regional Task Force for Critical Habitats (RTF-CH) is to support the PMU in the effective implementation of activities defined in Component A of the Programme, while specific responsibilities will include:
§ Support the review of concepts and proposals submitted to the PMU for funding including giving technical support for the improvement of proposals considered viable for funding;
§ To provide a mechanism for exchange of information and experience on critical habitats management activities, including overseeing the implementation of in-country interventions in target countries;
§ Provide guidance on the criteria for the selection and implementation of in-country interventions on the restoration of coastal and marine ecosystem;
§ Identify, review and propose ways of strengthening regional/national public-private partnerships in the management of critical habitats;
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The sea cucumber industry, which is known to be particularly vulnerable to overexploitation and collapse, has been under tremendous pressure in Mauritius since the mid-2000s. Consequently, in 2010, the Ministry of Fisheries imposed a two-year ban on the collection of sea cucumbers, which was later extended for another four years (2012–2016) to avoid the collapse of the fishery.