No more jet-skiing in Mauritius. The Ministry of Tourism had announced the decision last February.
The new regulation is based on the Tourism Authority (Prohibition of Jet Ski) Regulations 2016. This applies to both commercial and private uses thereof.
Anyone not abiding by the rule and found operating a jet ski making less than 4.8 m in length will be sanctioned with fines not exceeding Rs 100,000 and a prison sentence of 2 years maximum. For a second or subsequent offence, the offender will be liable to paying a fine from Rs 20,000 to Rs 200,000.
Those who were looking forward to renew their permit last year, or to apply for one, have had their requests rejected.
The activity has been banned many times before. Following the death of a German tourist at Trou-d’Eau-Douce in 2005, it was brought to an end. The activities started again in 2013. Thereafter, many operators were refused the renewal of their permits in 2014.
It is to be noted that jet-skiing is said to be detrimental to the marine ecosystem, specially to the populations of corals.