ALMOST DUGONG

ALMOST DUGONG

Dugong (Dugong dugon) is a marine mammal species protected by law and is one of the 20 priority species species that are important targets of the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries of the Republic of Indonesia. Dugong has a high life threat. Naturally dugong has a slow reproduction. It takes 10 years to mature and 14 months to give birth to a new individual at a 2.5-5 year interval. Another threat is the unintentional capture of dugong by fishing gear (bycatch), massive hunting for meat use, fangs, and tears of dugong that are alleged to have high economic value. This mammal is protected by Law No. 5 of 1990 on the Conservation of Biological Resources and its Ecosystem. In addition, there is also Law Number 31 Year 2004 regarding Fisheries. Dugong and its habitat conservation efforts in Indonesia are not only conducted by the government but also supported by a number of international agencies, such as the United Nations Environment Program, Conservation Migratory Species (UNEP-CMS) in collaboration with Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund (MbZ) through Dugong and Seagrass Conservation Project (DSCP).

 

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