Another of our most important tasks within the framework of the Action Plan is to carry out activities to support the local population in the Cap Blanc area, mainly in the nearest city, Nouadhibou. The goal is to improve the living and working conditions of the artisanal fishermen, and to inform and increase awareness amongst the school community. To achieve these goals, we carry out the following activities:
an educational center where people in the area can learn what a monk seal is, become more aware of the grave danger of extinction which the seals face and learn how they can help contribute to their conservation.
The goal is to inform and increase awareness among the population, especially schoolchildren who reside in the monk seal colony’s surrounding area, to create a framework of coexistence with them for the future.
Fishermen are key role-players in the work towards monk seal conservation, and it is essential that they be provided with the information and equipment they need to help out with this task.
Of course, in terms of the future, our fundamental work and greatest motivation is to keep on working
to continue the monk seal population’s recovery in Cap Blanc. To this end, we are evaluating the possibility
of expanding the reserve to improve the conditions for its protection. Likewise, we are concerned about knowing what way
the colony’s expansion is headed, as it gradually recovers. Therefore, we have carried out somewhat
more than 150 km of explorations along the coastline bordering with the reserve, and we have identified 29 caves
that could potentially be used by the seals.