This fishing gear is used in southern Morocco and Mauritania to catch octopuses. The pots are linked together by ropes and placed on the seabed. Many vessels are lost, drift with the sea currents to the beaches of Cape Verde and reduce the progression of turtles during the spawning season
What does Legislative Decree No. 1/2018 of 21 May refer to?
This recent law refers to the protection of sea turtles in Cape Verde. It criminalizes their possession, hunting, trade, sale and consumption of meat. Unfortunately, law enforcement is not always effective and illegal capture is still practiced. Many turtles are still eaten in Cape Verde.
How are small sea turtles born?
A few weeks after mating at sea, the females go up to the beaches. Using their fins, they dig a hole in which they lay 50 to 200 eggs that they cover with sand. The small turtles leave the nest and reach the sea 45 to 70 days later. During the breeding season a female gets to make 5 different nests.
How many students on the island of São Vicente have recently been sensitized by the Biosphere to the importance of Cape Verdean biodiversity?
Which of these shark species is protected in Cape Verde?
The Law (resolution N ° 56/2014/31 July) states that: Prohibit fishing in Cape Verde from detention on board, transhipment, landing, storage for sale or the offer of part or all of whale shark carcass (Rhincondon typus). This cartilaginous fish is harmless and can reach 20 meters in length. It is considered the largest fish that currently lives on Earth.
Which of these sea turtle species is the most common on Cape Verde's beaches?
The gongon Pterodroma feae is a sea bird endemic to Cape Verde. It does not exist anywhere else. Its population does not exceed a few hundred couples that come ashore at night to nest in the mountains of some islands. The bird is still caught illegally and is threatened mainly by stray cats and dogs.
What is Alcatraz?
Alcatraz Sula leucogaster is a sea bird that nests on inaccessible cliffs and desert islets. Sometimes he dives from more than 60 meters in height to catch the fish with which he feeds the only hatchling of the year. The bird is a frequent victim of industrial fishing lines several tens of kilometers long and with more than 2000 hooks.
Is Guincho a bird of prey or a sea bird?
Pandion haliaetus screech is a bird of prey although it feeds on fish it catches with its paws and not its beak. It nests on coastal cliffs and on the volcanoes of several islands. The species is at risk in Cape Verde as there are only a few dozen couples across the archipelago.
The Baias de Gatas festival is a well-known music festival. Where does the name of this bay come from?
The shark Gata Ginglymostoma cirratum lives on the seabed. It is harmless and can reach more than 4 meters. Its overdeveloped barbels and keen sense of smell allow you to easily find the prey it feeds on, sometimes buried in the sand.
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