The Banc d'Arguin is a crossroads for aquatic birds migrating between Europe, northern Asia and Africa. Over two million sandpipers have been recorded in the winter, and many species use the national park for breeding also. The sea is crystal clear and shallow (no more than about 3m (10ft) deep 25km (15mi) from shore) and is dotted with sand...more
Some 1,000 Imraguen fishermen carry on the tens of thousands of years of documented human population. Earlier, due to a more humid climate, population was higher and remnants from the Almoravide civilisation are found on a number of the park's islands. The Imraguen, or "those who gather life", carefully gather the resources of the park. The...more
Sousa taxonomy is based largely on small sample sizes for most populations. The several different nominal species are distinguished on several primary characters. Characters include tooth counts; number of vertebrae; form of the dorsal fin base and especially colour patterns (G. Ross, pers. comm.). G. Ross suggests that all Sousa from S. Africa to...more
In 1989, the Mauritanian national park Banc d'Arguin was admitted to the UNESCO's list of World Heritage Sites. Fringing the Saharan desert's Atlantic coast, the park is made up of sand dunes, coastal swamps, small islands and shallow coastal waters. It is however even more known for its biodiversity (birds, fish, turtles, dolphins, etc.) and its...more
The park provides an unique example of a transition zone between the Sahara Desert and the Atlantic Ocean.Big dunes can be found all the way. You can imagine this place can get really warm during the summer.The area is of great meteorological interest with a contrast between the coastal, 'desert cold' and hot continental climates. Strong winds up...more
The park provides an unique example of a transition zone between the Sahara Desert and the Atlantic Ocean. It is a vast area of islands and coastline, largely composed of windblown sand of Saharan origin, together with a large expanse of mudflats, with particularly well developed tidal flats in the vicinity of Tidra Island. on the picture was when...more
4wd cars are pretty much better to drive these regions. We stoped at least twenty times to help our friends driving a Peugeot 505.
This fishermen wanted to make a picture with me.
People somehow are more receptive to photograph that I thought before. Many people came to me in Mauritania and asked to be photographed.
Those boats are the local boats for artisanal fishing.
The most obvious threat to the Banc d'Arguin park has however been overfishing by international fleets in the waters just off the park - probably a direct cause behind the cultural and manageral transition of the Imraguen. Overfishing by mostly European Union vessels is severely depleting fish resources within the park as well and causes a decline of the breeding colonies of fish-eating bird species.
The coast of West Africa is very rich in fish, which makes it a prime target for trawlers from Russia, Japan and European nations. The Banc d'Arguin is a vital spawning ground with significant economic implications for Mauritania, which derives the bulk of its income from selling fishing licences to foreign countries. Local small fishing boats, on the other hand, are forced to fish further and further out to sea or to concentrate their activities in sensitive coastal areas.
The Great Sahara desert, a region of shifting sand dunes, forms the northern two thirds of the country. In fact some 40% of the country is covered by sand. Towards the south, the Sahara loses its intensity to the Sahelian steppes which receive a fairly low annual rainfall.
Unique Suggestions: The GPS (Global Positioning System by Satellites) is a good friend on these stretches.
Usualy theres 3 main roads that connect Nouadhibou to Nouakchott. 2 inland roads one for 4WD and another for trucks, and the third road on the coast line only suitable for 4WD cars. To go from NDB to NKT you have to pass the park. There are some tracks only used by heavy cargo trucks. Thats the tracks that can also be used by small cars in order to...more