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Can Dugongs Survive in Palau?

Biological Conservation

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DOI: 10.1016/0006-3207(94)00068-2

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Abstract

In August 1991 we surveyed dugongs Dugong dugon in the coastal waters of Palau using methods similar to aerial surveys conducted in 1977, 1978 and 1983. Twenty-six dugongs (including four calves) were seen, a count within the range obtained previously. The rate at which dugongs were seen per unit flight-time was lower than for any of the other surveys, despite the observers being more experienced than those used in the past. More than 20 knowledgeable Palauan residents (including five dugong hunters) were interviewed about dugong abundance, mortality and natural history. They told us that the illegal killing of dugongs occurs openly. We found locally crafted jewellery made from dugong ribs for sale illegally at four stores. Unless poaching is stopped, we believe that dugongs will become extinct in Palau as they have in several other archipelagoes.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Can Dugongs Survive in Palau?
Series title:
Biological Conservation
DOI:
10.1016/0006-3207(94)00068-2
Volume:
72
Year Published:
1995
Language:
English
Publisher:
Elsevier
Contributing office(s):
Florida Integrated Science Center
Description:
5 p.
First page:
85
Last page:
89
Online Only (Y/N):
N
Additional Online Files (Y/N):
N