Plastic trash threatens dugong survival in Palawan

PALAWAN, Philippines – The seas surrounding the Calamianes Island Group (CIG), the northernmost part of this province, are considered one of the last strongholds in the country of the dugong (Dugong dugon). However, it is not often locals see a dugong.

This is because the dugongs are so rare that they are classified as critically endangered in the Philippines. Their very small population can be seen, particularly off Busuanga town’s Calawit Island.

So how can the conservation community encourage locals to protect this vulnerable marine mammal that is facing possible extinction?

Their solution: launch a dugong mascot.

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