Mediterranean Monk Seal Mother and Calf
Image credit: CBD Habitat
Project

Protection of the Mediterranean Monk Seal Colony of the Cap Blanc Peninsula

Duration
2014 - 2016
Location
Mauritania
Species protected
Mediterranean Monk Seal Monachus monachus

Project objective

The project seeks to minimize human disturbances around the monk seal breeding caves by fishermen, goose barnacle pickers and tourists. It also aims to eliminate fishing gear placement inside the reserve.

Similarly the project aims to increase capacity building and training to key actors for monk seal protection like observers on board fishing vessels and coast guards will be performed. It is expected that thanks to these actions the number of animals found dead due to mortality caused by fishing activities will be reduced, and that the size of the population keeps its positive recovery trend.

This project is implemented by CBD – Habitat.

Threaths

Over-exploitation of natural resources & prey depletion