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VESS Launches Guidelines to Interact with Dugongs

A set of guidelines for interacting with dugongs was launched last week by the Vanuatu Environmental Science Society (VESS) and is now available online. The guidelines are intended to facilitate a friendly environment to interact with dugongs for anyone in and around dugong habitats. The launch event was attended by the Vanuatu Minister for Foreign Affairs and the Director of Tourism along with diving and tour operators, hoteliers, sporting groups, NGO and other members of the public.

24 September 2018

Fisheries Law Makes Hunting Dugong Illegal in Solomon Islands

Good news for dugongs in the Solomon Islands, it is now against the law to fish, retain, be in possession of, buy, sell or export dugongs in the Solomon Islands. Any violation of this law is punishable by four months in prison and/or SI$40,000 fine (USD 5,000).

16 September 2018

Timor-Leste Becomes 27th Signatory to Dugong MOU

Timor-Leste has confirmed its support towards the protection of dugongs and their vital seagrass habitats by becoming the 27th Signatory to the CMS Dugong MOU. The Secretary of State for the Environment, H.E. Demétrio do Amaral de Carvalho signed the MOU earlier today at a signing ceremony in Dili, Timor-Leste.

10 September 2018

CMS Becomes Member of UN-Oceans

CMS has become a member of UN-Oceans as BBNJ meetings start at UN Headquarters in New York this week. The new membership became official just before the start of the First Session of the Intergovernmental Conference on an International Legally Binding Instrument under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea on the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Marine Biodiversity of Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (BBNJ).

06 September 2018

Positive News for Mozambique Dugongs

Dr Donna Kwan from the CMS Dugong MOU Secretariat undertook a site visit to Bazaruto Archipelago to meet with local partners from 11-19 August 2018. With a population of approximately 300 dugongs, Bazaruto is the last remaining stronghold for dugongs in East Africa. The mission aimed to assess and better understand the local conditions to ensure the successful implementation of conservation interventions in the Bazaruto Archipelago.

20 August 2018

Dugong rescued and released near Thanjavur, India

A 12-feet male dugong caught while fishing was rescued and released by fishermen with the assistance of marine police and forest personnel in Thanjavur district, Tamil Nadu, India.

30 July 2018

Side Event on Solutions to Bycatch and Entanglement in Ghost Gear held at FAO COFI33

On 12 July, during the 33rd Session of the FAO Committee on Fisheries (COFI33), held in Rome, management solutions for ghost gear, also known as abandoned, lost, or otherwise discarded fishing gear (ALDFG), and bycatch were discussed in a side event. FAO Member States Vanuatu, Samoa, Fiji, Palau, Belgium, the Netherlands, New Zealand, and Panama served as hosts for the event organized in collaboration with FAO, the International Whaling Commission (IWC), World Animal Protection, WWF and CMS.

20 July 2018

Fifth International Marine Conservation Congress

Dr Donna Kwan from the CMS Dugong MOU Secretariat attended the fifth International Marine Conservation Congress (IMCC) held from 24 – 29 June in Malaysia. The Society for Conservation Biology's IMCC brings together conservation experts and students to develop tools to further marine conservation policy.

15 July 2018

Dugong Poster Wins Award at Coral Symposium

Harris Heng, of the University of Malaya, was presented the Best Poster Award in a student competition at the 4th Asia Pacific Coral Reef Symposium (APCRS) held from 4-8 June 2018 in Cebu, Philippines.

28 June 2018

World Seagrass Conference and 13th International Seagrass Biology Workshop

Dr. Donna Kwan from the CMS Dugong MOU Secretariat attended the World Seagrass Conference and 13th International Seagrass Biology Workshop (ISBW13) held from 11 to 17 June 2018 at the National University of Singapore in Singapore. The event was hosted by the World Seagrass Association, and supported by DHI Water & Environment, the National Parks Board of Singapore, and the National University of Singapore.

18 June 2018