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61. The Black River District Hope Spot in Mauritius




The island of Mauritius is a paradise to behold: palm trees and fringing reefs almost completely line the coasts, with waterfalls and white sand beaches defining the rich, dynamic landscape of the small volcanic island. The island’s west side, the Black River District, is known for its exquisite dive spots where a plunge beneath the waves will acquaint you with creatures like octopuses, dolphins, rays and turtles. However, much like the rest of the world, Mauritius experiences threats from pollution (like phosphates that inhibit coral growth and pesticides that kill the animals) and the effects of a changing climate. The Coastal Waters of the Black River District Hope Spot recognizes Greet Meulepas, Mauritius resident, Mission Blue Hope Spot Champion, and Co-Founder of BEYOND SCUBA for her work in uniting the local marine conservation community around saving Mauritius' beautifully healthy ecosystem for decades into the future.


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