Participants at the Dugong Technical Group Meeting in Bangkok, 15-17 February 2016. Photo by Dugong MOU Secretariat.
Experts in dugong, seagrasses and community-based management met in Bangkok on 15-17 February 2016 to provide guidance and advice on current efforts and future directions for a number of major projects included in the work plan of the CMS Dugong MOU Secretariat.
James Cook University 2015 Outstanding Alumni. Photo by Through The Looking Glass Studio.
A number of high-achieving James Cook University (JCU) alumni were honoured at a special ceremony in Townsville, Australia on 7 September 2015. Dr Donna Kwan, Programme Manager of the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) Dugong Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Secretariat, received JCU 2015 Outstanding Alumni Award in Marine and Environmental Sciences category.
At the invitation of the Government of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), marine experts from 15 Northwest Indian Ocean countries participated in a regional workshop to describe marine areas meeting criteria developed under the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) for ecologically or biologically sensitive marine areas (EBSAs).
Dr. Kanjana Adulyanukosol. Photo courtesy of Department of Marine and Coastal Resources, Thailand.
It is with immense regret that the Secretariat of the CMS Dugong MoU shares the news that we lost Dr. Kanjana Adulyanukosol, affectionately known as ‘Dr. Kanjana’, after a long struggle with cancer on 10 January 2015.
A consortium of institutions is beginning a multi-year study of the occurrence, numbers and identity of dugongs in the Western Indian Ocean (Mozambique, Tanzania, Kenya and Seychelles). There is an opportunity for students at the PhD level, though MSc students will also be considered. See the full announcement in the Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association Blog.