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FIBA-Sponsored Training Workshop For West African Scientists Held in Mauritania



FIBA-Sponsored Training Workshop For West African Scientists Held in Mauritania



National Mauritanian Institute for Oceanographic and Fisheries Research (IMROP)


A training workshop for West African scientists focusing on elasmobranch identification, biological sampling, and conservation was held at the National Mauritanian Institute for Oceanographic and Fisheries Research (IMROP) in Nouadhibou, Mauritania on 13-16 December 2004. Mr. Mika Diop, a fisheries biologist with IMROP, served as the local host. The workshop was well attended with participants traveling from three African nations, Senegal, Guinea, and Mauritania

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. These three presentations are currently available for download.

Presentations for download (pdf files)

· Rui Coelho -Introduction To Biological Sampling of Elasmobranchs (Portuguese)

· Rachel Cavanagh and George Burgess - Conservation of Elasmobranchs (French)

· Bernard Séret: (French)

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 extensive artisanal beach fishery in Nouadhibou and to Cap Blanc (see map for details).

Workshop Itinerary

December 13 - Classroom sessions PHOTOS
December 14 - Classroom sessions and field trip to artisanal beach fishery PHOTOS
December 15 - Hands-on biological sampling and identification PHOTOS
December 16 - Field trip to Cap Blanc PHOTOS


Participant List

Senegal:
Sidi Ndaw
DOPM, Dakar
sidindaw@hotmail.com


Cheikh Mbaye Diallo
Serv. Rég. Pêches/Surveillance

Sidy Sane
Serv. Rég. Pêches/Surveillance

Guinea:
Framoudou Doumbouya
CNSHB
fdoumbouya@caramail.com


Karim Sylla
CNSHB
rimkasylla@yahoo.fr


Mouctar Cisse
CNSHB
mouctarcisse@yahoo.fr


Mauritania:
Lamine Camara
DARH/MPEM
laminecam2000@yahoo.fr


Ezza mint Jiddou
IMROP

Bowba m/El Khaless
IMROP
bowba@imrop.mr


Saikou Oumar Kidé
IMROP
sokidefr@yahoo.fr

N'Diaye Abdoulaye
IMROP
H_ndiaye61@yahoo.fr


Nema O Cheikh
IMROP
nemacheikh@yahoo.fr


M'Bodj Oumar Bocar
IMROP
oumarmbodj1@yahoo.fr


Marieme m/ Ebbe
IMROP
nourabott@yahoo.fr


Fatimetou Sidiya
IMROP
fatsidya@yahoo.fr


Marieme mint Boujema
IMROP
mariemboujema@yahoo.fr



Workshop Organization:

France:
Bernard Seret
Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle
Département Systématique et Evolution
Taxonomie & Collections
Case Postale 26
43 rue Cuvier
75231 Paris cedex 05
Tel. (33)-(0)1.40.79.37.38
Fax (33)-(0)1.40.79.37.71
E-mail : seret@mnhn.fr
Web: http://www.mnhn.fr/


Portugal:
Rui Coelho
Universidade do Algarve
Faculdade de Ciências do Mar e Ambiente
Campus de Gambelas
8000 - Faro
Portugal
Tel: +351 289 800900 Ext. 7242
Fax: +315 289 818353
E-mail: rpcoelho@ualg.pt
Web: http://www.ualg.pt/fcma/cfrg/


U.S.A.:
George Burgess
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
Fax 352-392-7158
E-mail : gburgess@flmnh.ufl.edu
Web: http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/fish


Funding for the workshop was provided by the Fondation Internationale du Banc d'Arguin (FIBA) who, along with the World Conservation Union (IUCN) Shark Specialist Group (SSG), sponsored this workshop. The FIBA is the main international conservation organization to assist Mauritania in the preservation of the Banc d'Arguin National Park, classified as a world heritage site by UNESCO.

The elasmobranch workshop was well received and served as an excellent starting point for future elasmobranch management activities in the region.