Project News & Field Updates

DNA study shows Madagascar’s dugong are very unique.

September 12, 2019

The Dugong and Seagrass Project received a press release from Auckland University in New Zealand about a recent genetic investigation published in the Journal Plos One by their scientists comparing dugong populations across thier range. Results indicate the genetic uniqueness of the dugong in Madagascar. Press Release follows: Scientists at the University of Auckland in […]


Job Posting: Project Manager for the IKI Seagrass Ecosystem Services Project

June 11, 2019

We received the following job announcement from the CMS Dugong MoU Secretariat. The Dugong MoU is seeking a project manager to help impliment their new IKI Seagrass Ecosystem Services Project. For your information, we copied and pasted their email into the space below. Good luck! From: [] Sent: Tuesday, June 11, 2019 10:59 Subject: […]


Community officially protects dugong area in Timor-Leste

April 16, 2019

A village in Timor-Leste decided to protect an area of 350 hectares to protect their dugongs. Here are a few pictures from the official ceremony which designated the area for protection.


Diary of a Dugong: Legends, Taboos and Truths amidst the Seagrass – an essay by Alia Yunis

March 20, 2019

One day, two girls walked to the coast. They were astonished to see the sea and thought it would taste like water. The girls found a coconut on the beach. One sister was crying for something inside the coconut. The other was trying to offer her every part of the coconut she could but she […]


Aramco World’s ‘Sirens of the Seagrass’ – a dugong story by Alia Yunis

March 20, 2019

Travel around the world with Alia Yunis as she tells a dugong story. Journey from the shores of the Red Sea in Saudi Arabia or Delma Island in the United Arab Emirates to Mozambique, the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Australia. This is an intricate story of dugong, seagreass, culture and childhood. Published in the most […]


Summary of the Closing Workshop in Bali Indonesia February 2019

March 18, 2019

Materials from 2019 Closing Workshop in Bali, Indonesia


“Diving with Dugongs: If you’re lucky” featured in Vanuatu airlines inflight magazine

February 27, 2019

The dugongs of Vanuatu are flying high in Vanuatu’s in-flight magazine. To read more click the link below to download and read the article. In flight magazine


Policy gap analyses of Project countries for the protection of dugong and seagrass

February 07, 2019

The Project Coordination Team in Abu Dhabi commissioned a report on gaps policy for the protection of dugong and seagrass in all eight project countries. In this report, project countries representatives analysed the current state of dugong populations and seagrass habitat using the Drivers, Pressures, State, Impact and Response (DPSIR) Model. The purpose of this […]


Timor-Leste hosts training workshops in Dili for drone surveys and by-catch questionnaire

January 23, 2019

Our Project Partners TL4 in Timor-Leste organized a three-day drone survey and CMS Dugong Bycatch questionnaire workshop this week in Dili. Dugong and Seagrass Conservation Project Technical adviser, Chris Cleguer led the sessions on the drone scoping workshop. He assisted the project partners in determining the best techniques and methods for conducting drone surveys for […]


Attempted Rescue of Stranded Dugong Demonstrates Community Commitment to Conservation in Bazaruto, Mozambique

January 21, 2019

Yesterday, our project partners in Mozambique (MZ2) were notified by community members in Mozambique’s Bazaruto Archipelago National Park that a dugong had washed ashore and it was still alive. Our partners dispatched their rangers to the scene who assisted the stranded dugong. The dugong, much to the initial relief of the rangers, is seen in […]