This project is funded by the Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association (WIOMSA) and the Dugongs & Seagrass Consevation project.
The aim of this research is to determine the status of the dugong in Mozambique. It will be first study in Africa to use passive acoustic monitoring to determine dugongs’ presence in areas where visual assessment is not possible.
Their seagrass habitat will be also assessed over their range of occurrence in Mozambique coast.
The information collected will be provided to local authorities and communities to raise awareness on the dugongs and its habitat conservation.
This project is funded by the Dugongs & Seagrass Consevation project.
The aim of this project is to raise awareness of the importance of dugongs and seagrass to the biodiversity of the western Indian Ocean and Mozambique.
We plant to work with local communities, including schoolchildren from within the mainland and the island communities to promote dugongs conservation. Using dugong as a flagship species provides both a community custodian of dugongs and a broader conservation understanding of the marine environment across whales, turtles, dolphins, sharks and fisheries.