Study to Confirm the Existence or Extinction of the Dugong in the Waters of Mauritius and Rodrigues

Executive Summary:

This project was undertaken by Community Centred Conservation (C3) and C3 Madagascar and Indian Ocean Islands Programme. The report from the project can be found to the right.

 

Background:

This study was proposed in 2008 to confirm whether or not dugongs (Dugong dugon) were indeed extinct from Mauritius and Rodrigues and if so, to determine the approximate timing of this extinction through systematic research study. The dugong is classified as extinct from Mauritius and native to Rodrigues; however its status is also noted as ‘unknown’ and the reliability of the information as ‘no information’ (IUCN 2009). The latest review of information on dugongs in the western Indian Ocean was based on a literature review in each country, supplemented by interviews with fishers in 2002-2003 (WWF-EAME 2004). The report states that ‘dugongs are thought to have disappeared from Mauritius’ although this had not been confirmed by scientific studies and no interviews were conducted on either Mauritius or Rodrigues.

The aim of the work was to confirm the existence or extinction of dugongs in Mauritian waters through systematic surveying of fisher communities on Mauritius and Rodrigues to elicit local knowledge, present or historic, in relation to the occurrence and distribution of this species.

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Implementing AgencyCommunity Centred Conservation (C3)

Activity start dateJanuary 2008
Activity end dateJanuary 2010
CMS AppendixAppendix II
Taxonomic groupMarine mammals
Target regionAfrica
Target countryMauritius
Final technical reportYes

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