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Seagrass planting campaign in Indonesia publicizes its importance to environment

November 05, 2017

Our partners in Indonesia organized a seagrass planting campaign over the weekend. Citing the importance seagrass ecosystems to fish nurseries, coastal erosion and carbon capture, our partners highlighted the health of seagrass ecosystems in Indonesia. While only 5% of the seagrass habitat in Indonesia is classified as healthy; their criteria quite stringent noting that “the […]

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CLP Call for Proposals: Project funding for tree and non-avian marine species in Asia Pacific region

October 29, 2017

The Conservation Leadership Programme (CLP) is now accepting applications to support projects in the Asia Pacific region focused on either tree species or non-avian marine species based in seaward habitats. Funding will support early-career conservationists to conduct scientific research, encourage and promote pro-conservation attitudes and deliver tangible results to better conserve and manage the natural […]

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New MS Programme in Coastal Science and Policy at UC Santa Cruz.

October 29, 2017

An announcement for a new MS (Master of Science) program in Coastal Science and Policy at the University of California, Santa Cruzthat’s came across our desk last week. The programme is looking for students who will start the next generation of conservation organization. And the best news…This new program will select the best 10 candidates […]

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Aerial Surveys in Mozambique Reveal Marine Mega-fauna (and the firsherman who may be targeting them).

October 24, 2017

Dugongs are hard to spot – especially from a boat. Even if you managed to see a dugong from a boat, you wouldnt know how many lived in a given area. Aerial surveys, from fixed wing aircraft, are great ways to see the big picture. With a bit of science – and experience – important […]

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Recording underwater sounds to learn more about dugong populations in Mozambique

October 23, 2017

Our Partner in Mozambique is making great strides in their dugong research targets. Dugongos, one of our partners in Mozambique, have deployed acoustic loggers that record underwater sounds onto SD cards. The loggers are deployed for up to a month, continuously recording underwater sounds. Eventually, the research team must retrieve the logger, access the data […]

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Study finds Sri Lankan fishermen are ready to help conserve marine resources

October 19, 2017

A survey organized by the IUCN found that fishermen in Northern Sri Lanka understand the importance of environmental regulation in protecting their marine resources and many are concerned that marine resources will continue to decline if nothing is done. The results of the survey were presented at the 3rd National Symposium on the Marine Environment […]

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App Alert: Record your sightings of marine mammals, dugongs included, with this App

October 02, 2017

Sighting a marine mammal can be an exciting thing. One of the first things we are likely to do is snap a photo. What if you could also contribute that sighting to science? Citizen-science projects are becoming more popular with the widespread distribution of smart phones. Dugongs are no exception! And one of our partners […]

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Announcement: Analyst needed for Conservation Policy ‘Gap Analysis’ in Mozambique

October 02, 2017

The Dugong and Seagrass Conservation Project in Mozambique is looking for a consultant to deliver a policy gap analysis for Mozambique – related to the conservation of dugong and seagrass. Details of the position/role of the consultant can be found in these Terms of Reference. Experts interested in the opportunity should send a letter of […]

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Small-scale fisheries are key to the protection of dugong and seagrass throughout their range

September 07, 2017

Small-scale fisheries, like those operated from the communities in which the Dugong and Seagrass Conservation Project operates, are key to the protection of dugong and seagrass throughout their range. By-catch and direct targeting of dugongs are among the greatest threats to the species. These same threats are also important to the conservation of sharks, sea […]

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Poachers in Madagascar Caught and Punished by Local Community for ‘DINA’ Violations

August 30, 2017

MG4 project shares the following story about the community members who took enforcement action and protected their natural resources… Dugong and seagrass are protected under community level agreement, known as “DINA”, in the Sahamalaza Biosphere Reserve. Also, they included marine turtles as protected wildlife because of the high level of exploitation in the northwestern areas. […]

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