Scuba-diving training in Mauritania

A scuba-diving training event involving participants from two MAVA outcome action plans (Marine Turtles and ResilienSea), was recently organized in the PNBA (Parc National du Banc d’Arguin) in Mauritania. The purpose was to enhance the skills of participants from seven countries, allowing them to monitor underwater the state of the seagrass populations and more generally the benthic habitats where seaturtles live.

This first scientific scuba-diving training also made it possible to observe underwater the extraordinary richness in subtidal biodiversity of the PNBA. It was especially remarkable to observe the abundance and diversity of little fish living inside the seagrass meadows, particularly visible during a night-dive. The richness of some regions of the PNBA in marine animal forests of sponges and gorgonian corals was also highlighted.



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