Project News & Field Updates
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Calling all fisherman. Reward! Acoustic loggers lost in NW Madagascar.

June 25, 2016

A deployment of 6 acoustic loggers was carried out. Given the high number of artisanal fisherman in both locations, there was concern that the loggers may be stolen or tangled in the fisherman’s gear...We are now actively working to try and locate the lost loggers by posting a reward and notice at three local radio stations (Ambanja, Nosy Be and Ambilobe) to the local fisher.

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Vanuatu partner films dugong mother nursing calf

June 19, 2016

Our project partners the Vanuatu Environmental Science Society shared a video of a dugong mother nursing her calf. We think its the first time dugong nursing behavior has ever been recorded on film. Rather than nursing as she swims, the dugong mother takes her calf to settle on the bottom to feed. The dugong mammary glands are located […]

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Seaweed farming poses threat to Philippine dugongs

June 16, 2016

Entanglement in fishing nets is a well-documented threat to dugongs; however, entanglement in ropes used to farm seaweed is less well-documented. A recent publication authored by our partners Community Centred Conservation (C3), documented cases of dugong entanglement in ropes used for seaweed farming in Busanga, Palawan, Philippines (see location here). It appears that dugongs are not […]

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New infographics explain differences between (1) dugongs and manatees and (2) seagrass and seaweed

June 15, 2016

Ever wonder what are the differences between dugongs and manatees or between seagrass and seaweed? The Dugong and Segrass Conservation Project is pleased to announce the availability of two infographics that help explain these differences. The tail of the dugong is fluked (similar to a dolphin tail). The manatee has a paddle-shaped tail. These were […]

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Amazing ideas by courageous young people

June 08, 2016

This year the Dugong and Seagrass Conservation Project was “the client” of the GlobCom Initiative. More than 200 students, coming from 16 countries, formed nine teams competing for the ‘business’ of the client. And we had the difficult task to select the best one, and only one! The students have been working remotely for 3 […]

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Announcement: Health Assessment Course Opportunity in Thailand

May 25, 2016

2016 Health Assessment for Marine Endangered Species International Training Course Deadline for applications: May 31, 2016 The training course will provide participants with marine endangered species issues about the crisis, forensic science, biology and anatomy, health assessment, medicine, necropsy and the other related topics. The format of the course is not lecture only, but also […]

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Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund and Zayed University Students Work Together to Raise Global Awareness about Dugong and Seagrass Conservation

May 21, 2016

“The Dugong and Seagrass Conservation Project, executed by the MBZ Fund, represents an unprecedented global investment in the conservation of these endangered species and contributes to Abu Dhabi’s already impressive track record of supporting environmental conservation efforts worldwide,” said Her Excellency Razan Khalifa Al Mubarak, Managing Director of the MBZ Fund.

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In search of dugongs and important seagrass habitat in northwest Madagascar

April 28, 2016

he acoustic recorder deployment team has just returned from the successfully deployment of six recorders in the northern section of the study area of NW Madagascar

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Indonesia organizes national symposium on dugong and seagrass habitat

April 21, 2016

A two-day symposium for coordinating mutual initiatives for the preservation of dugong populations and seagrass habitat in Indonesia was held from 20 to 21 April 2016 in Bogor. The symposium was organised by the Department of Marine and Fisheries together with Lembaga Ilmu Pengetahuan Indonesia (Indonesian Institution of Science), Institut Pertanian Bogor and WWF-Indonesia. It […]

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Unfolding the Dugong Stories of the Malaysian Bay of Brunei

January 01, 2016

For the past two years and still going strong, the Marine Mammal Research Group (MAMREG) of the Marine Endangered Species Program by the Institute of Oceanography and Environment, Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (INOS-UMT) had been flying across the South China Seas four times a year to conduct research on dugongs and other cetaceans in the Malaysian Bay of Brunei

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