Project News & Field Updates
August 22, 2016MG6 Project Update: Jan thru June 2016 This period represented the start of the monitoring phase of the project. Activities included seagrass mapping, completion of the community interview surveys in the northern portion of the study area and deployment of acoustic loggers. The project is implemented by WCS covering two MPAs – Ankivonjy (139,409 hectares), […]
August 22, 2016MG4 Project Update: Jan thru June 2016 In this period, COSAP Sahamalaza worked on the establishment of seven new governance formations across the Sahamalaza Marine and Costal UNESCO Biosphere Reserve (70% of members being fishermen), which would set the conditions for introducing sustainable resource use and management (“dina”) in the area, including dugong and seagrass […]
August 22, 2016MG3 Project Update: Jan thru June 2016 C3 worked on optimising the governance structure of the Park – because of the size of the area, remote communities do not have the opportunity to participate in planning and monitoring activities. C3 proposed a division of the Park in three sub-regions, acting as a conduit of information […]
August 22, 2016MG2 Project Update: Jan thru June 2016 The Project is implemented by Blue Ventures and targets the members of the Mihari network of Locally Managed Marine Areas in Madagascar. The network has nearly 150 members and meets regularly every year. Blue Ventures and other Partners of the global GEF Dugong and Seagrass Conservation Project met […]
August 22, 2016MG1 Project Udpate: Jan thru June 2016 In this period, Blue Ventures’ team focused on building the capacity of local partners and local communities in six sites – three islands, part of the Barren archipelago (Nosy Lava, Nosy Andrano and Nosy Maroantaly), two sites in Ampasimandroro, Maintirano District and one in Ambalahonko, Ambanja Districit. The […]
August 22, 2016ID1 Project Update: Jan thru June 2016 ID 1 was kicked-off with the first National Symposium on Dugong and Seagrass Habitat, held on 20-21 April 2016 and hosted by one of the Partners in Indonesia, the University of Bogor. The aim of the Symposium was to collect data on the status of dugong populations and […]
August 22, 2016The team collected data of seagrass species distribution, biomass, feeding trail, dugong behaviour, Environmental DNA (E-DNA), and socio-ecology information using the CMS Dugong MoU bycatch questionnaire.
August 21, 2016Our Project partners in Madagascar, C3, created a t-shirt in collaboration with the Baobab clothing company. Proceeds go to the conservation of dugong and seagrass in our MG3 project. We definitely want a t-shirt like this one. Do you? Contact our project partner using the contact details on the project page.
June 25, 2016A 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.
June 19, 2016Our 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 […]