Palawan communities report on dugongs

The data have started to flow in from our fisher community sighting programme for dugongs around Busuanga. We have trained fishers in the formal recording of dugong sightings and installed sighting maps in prominent locations so that the whole community can see what the local dugong population is upto!

We have selected Buluang, New Quezon, Cheey, Panlaitan, San Isidro and Maglalambay as the target barangays where dugongs were most frequently spotted according to our Key Informant interviews in 2011-2012.

We hope that as we collect more data, we will be able to prioritize the most important sites in the municipality for dugong conservation and develop conservation measures including protected areas to ensure that this elusive animal persists in Philippine waters!