What Are Dugongs and How Is Climate Change Affecting Them?

A relative of the manatee, dugongs are listed as vulnerable by the IUCN. Could climate change and commercial fishing help explain why?

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A close relative of the manatee found in the Indo-Pacific, dugongs are a hit for tourists and an important part of coastal marine ecosystems. But between climate change, harmful fishing practices, and a host of other issues, dugongs are under threat. Today, we’ll dive into the challenges facing dugongs, why dugongs matter, and what we can do to protect them. With special guest Dr. Alana Grech: Assistant Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University.

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