CSRP-Sponsored Training Workshop For West African Scientists
Held in Sénégal
CSRP-Sponsored Training Workshop For West African Scientists Held in Sénégal (December 2005)
Université Cheikh Anta Diop in Dakar, Sénégal
A training workshop (Le Séminaire de Formation des Enquêteurs des Pêches) for West African scientists focusing on elasmobranch identification, biological sampling, and conservation
was held at the Université Cheikh Anta Diop in Dakar, Sénégal
on 14-19 December 2005. Mr. Mika Diop from the Commission Sous-Regionale des Pêches (CSRP) served as the chair, and the workshop was kindly
hosted by Oumar Thiaw and his gracious and hardworking staff who provided excellent facilities and vehicles, meals, and many favors to the workshop participants. The workshop was well
attended with participants traveling from seven African nations, Cabo Verde, The Gambia, Guinée-Bissau, Guinée, Mauritanie, Sénégal, and Siérra Leone.
Seasonal Workshop Participants at Université Cheikh Anta Diop
The workshop was led by three prominent elasmobranch scientists.
Bernard Séret (Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle, France) taught
participants about the identification of shark species found off the coast of West Africa;
Rui Coelho (Universidade do Algarve, Portugal) demonstrated
biological sampling techniques; and George Burgess (Florida Program For
Shark Research, University of Florida, U.S.A.) covered elasmobranch conservation and fishery management.
The goals of the workshop were to train West African biologists in chondrichthyan
(sharks, skates, rays, and chimaeras) species identification and life history
(especially age determination and reproduction) methodologies, and to alert them
to their k-strategy life histories, globally threatened conservation status, and
the diminishing catches this group is experiencing worldwide.
This was the second such workshop held in West Africa in recent years,
the first being held in Nouadhibou, Mouritanie in December 2004 utilizing the same instructors. Such training will lead to the acquisition of more refined fishery data which is so badly needed to manage already declining regional fisheries. In addition, the workshops hopefully will result in a more precautionary approach to the management of this group, which by definition is at higher risk than other fishes and cannot withstand high fishing pressure. The instructing scientists feel strongly that these workshops are highly beneficial and would like to conduct similar workshops throughout the region.
An important workshop-related document, the Elasmobranch Fisheries Management Techniques Manual, is available here for download:
Elasmobranch Fisheries Management Techniques Manual
This manual is a practical guide for all aspects of elasmobranch fishery management and covers many areas not addressed in the workshop because of limited time.
In addition to the classroom sessions, participants participated
on field excursions to view the industrial fleet at the
Port of Dakar and the extensive artisanal beach fishery in the Port of Dakar and the fishing villages Mbour, Joal-Fadiout,
and Nianing (see map for details).
December 14 - Classroom sessions PHOTOS
December 15 - Classroom sessions and field trip to artisanal beach fishery PHOTOS
December 16 - Classroom sessions PHOTOS
December 17 - Field trips to artisanal beach fishery PHOTOS
December 18 - Classroom sessions PHOTOS
Mame Marie Camara
Jose Aires Dos Reis
Asberr N Mendy
Yeslim Ould Vally
Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle
Département Systématique et Evolution
Taxonomie & Collections
Case Postale 26
43 rue Cuvier
75231 Paris cedex 05
E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
Universidade do Algarve
Faculdade de Ciências do Mar e Ambiente
Campus de Gambelas
8000 - Faro
Tel: +351 289 800900 Ext. 7242
Fax: +315 289 818353
Director - Florida Program for Shark Research
Florida Museum of Natural History
University of Florida
P O Box 117800
Gainesville, FL 32611
Tel. (352) 392-2360
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Funding for the workshop was provided by the Commission Sous-Regionale des Pêches (CSRP) who, along with the World
Conservation Union (IUCN) Shark Specialist Group (SSG), sponsored this workshop.