Summary: The Mediterranean Monk Seal, Monachus monachus, is one of the most endangered marine mammals in the world. Our team of divers and biologists employs remote autonomous camera technology installed in caves to better understand this elusive species. We are gathering information on population, behaviour, births, and range, which helps us and our collaborators to develop effective conservation strategies.
The work of KOSAMARE and its collaborators is designed to meet the call for local NGOs to carry out work that contributes to the nationwide goals on the Monk seal action plan.
- Autonomous remote monitoring in cave habitats to establish an open source database on the local sub-population.
- Determine local ‘cells of excellence’ that can inform the designation of marine reserves.
- Community engagement.