The Status of Dugongs in the Western Indian Ocean & Priority Conservation Actions
Dugongs occur in shallow tropical and subtropical coastal and island waters of the Indo-Pacific. They are threatened worldwide due to loss and degradation of seagrass pastures, fishing pressure, indigenous use and hunting, and coastal pollution and are listed globally by IUCN as vulnerable to extinction. The WIO region harbours an important remnant population of the threatened dugong and in a recent UNEP/IUCN report on their global status, extinction of the dugong in the WIO region was considered inevitable without immediate and effective conservation measures.
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