Aquatic wild meat consumption of cetaceans in São Tomé and Príncipe (Gulf of Guinea)

Ana Nuno, Cileine Fernandes, Márcio Guedes, Bastien Loloum, Litoney Matos, Lodney Nazaré, Inês Carvalho

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Relatively little is known about cetaceans in São Tomé and Príncipe and in recent years, some episodes of cetacean bycatch and human consumption have been described. Aiming to provide insight into the reliance upon cetaceans as a source of meat, we present findings from complementary studies conducted in the islands of São Tomé and Príncipe from 2012 to 2021. Based on interviews with local residents, we assessed the prevalence of human consumption of cetaceans and identified potential sociodemographic drivers. This study provides the first comprehensive assessment of harvest (direct remove or incidental take) and consumption of cetaceans (mainly the family Delphinidae) in the country. These findings will be useful in the development of regional conservation measures and contribute to our understanding of anthropogenic activities affecting cetacean populations in the Gulf of Guinea.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)25-33
Number of pages8
JournalAnimal Biodiversity and Conservation
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2023


  • Africa
  • Atlantic Ocean
  • Conservation
  • Direct capture
  • Fisheries
  • ncidental catches


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