Along the beach are abandoned and rusting fishing boats, cargo ships and cruisers. There are over 300 here.
However unbelievable this may be, most have been abandoned completely legally. Their owners were to be allowed by Mauritanian officials who wanted to repair the budget by selling ship permits, mainly in the 1980s. Some smaller and broken boats were abandoned by fishermen who could not afford costly disposal.
But now, years later, together with the European Union and American companies, the government is trying to clean up the world’s largest ship cemetery. Wrecks pollute the coast of Nouadhibou with rust, oil and paint.
But it is worth mentioning that the abandoned wrecks attracted tourists to this place, as well as fish began to settle in them, which helped local fisheries. However, it is not known how healthy specimens living in rusting wrecks they are.
I recommend to see this place quickly, because soon all the wrecks can simply be sold for scrap.