CMNF – North of France Mammal Coordination

For more than 25 years, the volunteers from the Coordination Mammalogique du Nord de la France (CMNF – North of France Mammal Coordination) association, have been working in the field to move research forwards and raise the public’s awareness regarding the protection of the wild mammals in our region.

The “marine mammals” section of the CMNF was set up to act in favour of the conservation, monitoring and knowledge, whether scientific or sanitary, of the sea mammals found in our coastal waters.

Nausicaá and the CMNF

Nausicaá and its Endowment Fund are committed to raising funds for supporting the CMNF’s research works and enhancing these initiatives to inform and raise the awareness of as many people as possible regarding the preservation of marine mammals.

You too can contribute to preserving seals and marine mammals by making a donation dedicated to this initiative on the Côte d’Opale!

The marine mammals on our coast

Common seals, grey seals, porpoises, the marine mammals in the waters of the Côte d’Opale are the sign of an exceptional biodiversity and attract large numbers of tourists and nature-lovers. For the specialists, these animals are also the reflection of the Ocean’s good health, hence the importance of observing and studying them.


Did you know?

The number of marine mammals running aground on the Côte d’Opale is increasing regularly. In 2018, CMNF intervened to save and study 165 animals that had run aground on the coast here.

If you find an animal that has run aground, call UMS PELAGIS on 05 46 44 99 10 and indicate the precise spot on the coast to facilitate the task of the rescue workers.

In order to share your observations of seals and cetaceans on the Côte d’Opale, go to the CMNF’s dedicated website.