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Climate Info for Fisheries and Marine

The Mauritius Meteorological Services plays a vital role in providing services for various maritime activities of socio-economic importance.

 

The MMS particularly focuses on:

 

Mauritius Meteorological Forecast Services

In order to ensure the safety of fisherman at sea the Mauritius Meteorological Services issues weather forecast for fisherman of Mauritius and Rodrigues twice daily.

To ensure safety at sea for other ships en route forecast for any ships moving to outer island are provided upon request.

The MMS also has international obligation where there is active participation in the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS). Along this line 24 hour forecast are issued for METAREA VIII (S) which extends from 550 E to 950 E and from 000 S to 300 S and this forecast is used by any ship to plan their navigation in that area.

 

Mauritius Meteorological Services Marine Data Services

In order to fulfill its obligation towards providing data services the MMS has different instrument in places.

 

Tide Gauge

Tide gauge stations have been installed at the following sites:

Trou Fanfaron since August 1986  and Blue Bay since November 2008

Rodrigues since November 1986

Agalega since November 2008

These tide gauges monitors sea level change due to global warming in the region. They also form part of a global network of tsunami watch station monitoring abnormal sea level changes due to tsunami and thus serve as an important input for the early warning of tsunami waves to other South West Indian Ocean Islands and the East African countries.

 

Wave Rider Buoy

The wave rider buoy launched in September 2009 off Blue Bay coast monitors high waves and has been very useful to warn fishermen and the general public of the rough sea state conditions in the vicinity of Mauritius.

Another wave rider buoy managed by the MOI provides sea state in the northeast.

 

Argo Profiling Float

This instrument is used to profile sea condition from the surface to a depth of around 2000m. The MMS participates actively in the ARGO Programme where about 3000 such instruments have been planned for deployment. The data are collected and archive and are made available to the users through the NODC website.

 

Other Services

There are numerous requests for tidal prediction, sea surface temperature in the lagoon, wave data and past weather over the sea for insurance claim purposes where the data from the MMS find its importance.