Project News & Field Updates

Indonesian project partners convince fisherman to release captive dugong

November 29, 2016

On 22 September a male dugong was released into the waters of Sulawesi, Indonesia. The dugong was found alive and entangled in a gillnet owned by a local fisherman. The dugong had been captivity for a week prior to being released. While DSCP-Indonesia Team was socializing and monitoring dugong and seagrass in Lingayan Island located […]


Dugong and Seagrass Project in the News

November 13, 2016

The Dugong and Seagrass Conservation Project recently organized the 2nd Executive Project Steering Committee held on the 1st and 2nd of November, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. To publicize the event, the Project Coordinating Committee and our project partners in Malaysia organized a media event that met some success. Here is are several links to the […]


Second Executive Project Steering Committee of the DSCP met in KL in November 2016

November 02, 2016

The Second Executive Project Steering Committee Meeting of the Dugong and Seagrass Conservation Project occured in November 2016 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia at the Royale Chulan Damansara hotel. The meeting was attended by UNEP representative–UNEP/GEF Task Manager, the CMS Dugong MoU Secretariat, members of the Dugong Technical Group, CMS national Dugong Focal Points/Chairs of National […]


Dugong Festival in Sahamalaza Madagascar at October’s End

October 25, 2016

Our project partners in Madagascar, COSAP Sahamalaza (MG4), organized a dugong festival on Berafia Island. The festival ran from 28 to 29 October 2016. A number of exciting events occurred over the two-day celebration. Traditional boxing. A gala. A disco. Dugong poetry and educational sessions. The festival was very well attended. All our Madagascar project […]


Dugong featured on “The Ark” podcast

October 25, 2016

5,000 year-old cave paintings of dugongs in Malaysia. Commonalities between pandas and dugongs. Dugong intelligence. Can dugongs remember? The dugong is featured in a 7-minute episode of The Ark – a podcast “dedicated to chronicling life that was and life that is in the natural world.” Aeron Allen, the producer of the podcast, shared this […]


Environmental and Socio-Economic Reports from Puttlam Langoon, Sri Lanka

October 13, 2016

Our project partner in Kalpatiya, Sri Lanka recently completed a two reports. The first, is an extensive examination of the socio-economic conditions in and around the Puttlam Lagoon. The second report is a similar study on the environmental conditions of the lagoon. You can download the reports from our website by clicking on the links […]


A global call to action from the World Seagrass Association

October 12, 2016

Call to save Seagrass signed this month at the 12th International Seagrass Biology Workshop in Wales, UK urgently states “The international seagrass research and conservation community together with the World Seagrass Association calls on all governments and global institutions to take local, regional and global action to ensure the future survival of seagrass meadows.” It […]


Dugong photographed in Lau Lagoon, Solomon Islands

September 27, 2016

Dugong sighted and photographed in Lau Lagoon (The Solomon Islands) There is limited information regarding documentation of dugong sightings in Solomon Islands. Two dugongs frequently sighted by fishermen and travelers in Lau Lagoon were captured on camera. This was consequently the It was welcoming news as people of the area had commented they no longer […]


Facebook pages, websites, education materials – Vanuatu goes ‘dugong’ on conservation

August 22, 2016

A meeting of the NFC was convened on 29th March 2016. VESS presented a report on the activities that had taken place under the VU1 project. In addition to the scheduled NFC meeting, Vanuatu Department of Tourism (DoT) requested a meeting to discuss dugong and turtles protection in relation to a new policy on biodiversity […]