The Beach Authority (BA), established under the Beach Authority Act No. 7 of 2002, is a body corporate operating under the aegis of the Ministry of Social Security, National Solidarity and Environment and Sustainable Development. Its main objective is to ensure an integrated approach for the proper control and management of public beaches both in Mauritius and Rodrigues through the provision of appropriate infrastructure and facilities for the benefit of the public. It also aims at providing a better access to public beaches and ensures that the general public as well as tourists take maximum advantage of the facilities offered. It is to be noted that the tourism industry is one of the main pillars of the Mauritian economy.