The dugong in India - is it going the way of the dodo

Silas, E G and Fernando, A Bastian (1988) The dugong in India - is it going the way of the dodo. In: Proceedings of the Symposium on Endangered Marine Animals and Marine Parks ; MBAI, 12-16 January 1985, Cochin.


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The residual population of the dugong Dugong dugon in the Gulf of Mannar and Palk Bay is today the most vulnerable marine mammal in this region. The sudden escalation of the illegal take of dugongs is discussed here. The number captured or slaughtered has multiplied by 14 times or more within the past 2 years. The use of dynamite sticks is accelerating the possible depletion of this animal aided by other factors such as sail boat trawling along the shore line and the sea grass beds both day and night. The habitat perturbations due to excessive and unregulated mechanised fishing has also become a very critical factor not only disturbing the animals but in incidental capture as well as destroying their grazing grounds. The methods of illegal take, disposal and other related aspects are discussed here. The role that Community Councils and religious leaders could play in the conservation programme for the dugong is stressed. There is a need for an international approach to the problem of conservation and management of the dugong population in this region. This as well as the priority steps to be considered at national level are detailed here.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Dugong; Dugong dugon; India
Subjects: Marine Mammals > Sea cow
Divisions: CMFRI-Cochin > Biodiversity
CMFRI-Cochin > Fishery Environment
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Date Deposited: 17 Aug 2010 00:02
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2015 15:16

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