We are working closely with local fishing communities throughout the Comoros to gather information on dugongs, historical threats and current status. Since aerial surveys are beyond the financial means of developing nations such as the Comoros, we developed a questionnaire to extract useful information on the species from local fishermen at low cost. This approach has proven remarkably useful, enabling us to identify key habitats, threats and historical changes in numbers. We have already published one paper based on our early work in Moheli and have at least one more publication in the pipeline. Thanks a lot to the Rufford Foundation for funding this work beyond Moheli.