Scuba diving training for the monitoring of sea turtles and sea grass beds

From 22 to 27 May 2022, the Parc National du Banc d’Arguin (PNBA) organised, in collaboration with Wetlands International Africa West Coast and Gulf of Guinea, a practical regional training course in scuba diving to support the scientific monitoring of sea grass beds and marine turtles in West Africa, a first of its kind in the sub-region. A theoretical training took place in January 2022.

In addition to pooling resources, the training also helped to acquire specific and appropriate scuba diving equipment. The training was provided by specialists and scientists from Portugal and covered both basic and advanced levels.

Eight participants attended the basic level, including five officers from the PNBA and three from the Mauritanian Institute of Oceanographic Research and Fisheries (IMROP), while five participants from Sierra Leone, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau and Mauritania attended the advanced level.

This training was carried out within the framework of two action plans, one on the survival of marine turtles, funded by the Regional Partnership for the Conservation of the Coastal and Marine Zone (PRCM), and the other on the conservation of sea grass beds in West Africa, funded by MAVA.

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