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Abstract

The Mediterranean monk seal, population roughly estimated at 500-1000 animals, half thereof in EC countries, has undergone a recent and apparently continuing decline towards extinction by year 2000. The reasons are unknown, action to safeguard the seal's survival can nevertheless be identified: A proposed reserve in Greece (Northern Sporades) to be established, certain national parks (France, Italy) to be designated as provisional reserves, existing surveys (France, Italy, Greece) to be collated and evaluated, ultimately five reserve areas (Greece) and provisional reserve areas (Southern Corsica and Sardinia) to be established and left undeveloped. No individuals to be killed; one holding station in the Western and Eastern Mediterranean each to be established for abandoned pups, injured adults and for captive breeding programmes (captured solitary animals) and behavioural studies; public awareness to be increased via information centres (information of national legislation penalties), carefully implemented compensation schemes. Non-intrusive observational research (behaviour, movements, reproductive rate) on the remaining local populations, historical survey for information of former distribution to be carried out; a central sighting register to be established.

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Authors: HARWOOD J, NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL, CAMBRIDGE (UK);ANDERSON S S, NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL, CAMBRIDGE (UK);PRIME J H NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL, CAMBRIDGE (UK), NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL, CAMBRIDGE (UK)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 9228 EN (1984) MF, 61 P., BFR 120, BLOW-UP COPY BFR 305, EUROFFICE, LUXEMBOURG, POB 1003
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Record Number: 1989123080100 / Last updated on: 1987-01-01
Category: PUBLICATION
Available languages: en