The Arabian Gulf and Red Sea host an estimated population of more than 7,000 dugongs, almost half of them in the seagraasses around the islands of Abu Dhabi.
At EAD we have been monitoring the dugong since 1999. As well as keeping records of rises and falls in population, which currently remain relatively stable, we have an ongoing program to study their biology in order to help maintain the status of the population.
We have also established two protected marine areas, where the dugong and their needed seagrass beds can thrive undisturbed.
Main sources of threat: Entanglement and drowning in abandoned fishing nets, habitat loss due to climate change and human developments such as dredging
Current IUCN status: Vulnerable
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