Project News & Field Updates
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Madagascar partner sights 18 dugongs and works with communities to protect them

August 22, 2016

MG3 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 […]

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Project team begins work with Madagascar national network of LMMAs

August 22, 2016

MG2 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 […]

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Madagascar communities to establish marine protected areas

August 22, 2016

MG1 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 […]

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First Indonesian symposium on dugong and seagrass habitat

August 22, 2016

ID1 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 […]

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Indonesian fieldwork starts on the ground and goest into the air

August 22, 2016

The 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.

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T-shirts for dugong conservation in Madagascar

August 21, 2016

Our 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.

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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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