Dugongs and Sea grass

Nature is a beautiful gift that none of us can deny its existence. We have all had our interactions with it and seen its beauty not just its presence. It is essential in our day-to-day life and however irrelevant a portion of nature may seem to be to us, there is always a relation and a connection that it has linked to us as humans. We all co-exist and as such, is one portion of nature should collapse, the effect will be felt, whether evidently or not, the effect of the collapse would be felt. True to say that, the nature survives because of the co-existence that is developed between it and other components.

For example, when we take the Dugong, we can have many aspects to study and scrutinize some that relate with the seagrass and others that do not. Conversely, if we choose to look at the seagrass, we will find a number or two evidences of Dugong dependence (Holland, 2015). It could majorly be because of the fact that the Dugong is a sea mammal that feeds purely on the seagrass, that that is its only food. It is a vegetarian mammal that occupies the tropical waters extending from East Africa, to the Arabian Gulf, into Asia, South East Asia, parts of the Oceana and the pacific. However, it is at risk of extinction due to improper hunting, use of chemicals like cyanide, and netting, these factors are inappropriately reducing Dugong numbers. On the other hand, the seagrass have not been spares, as much as they provide a home for a versatile ecosystem, they are being lost at a rate of 110 square kilometers per year since 1980. They are being lost due to erosion, sedimentation, poorly planned coastal development and poor fishing practices.

There are Dugong focal points in most areas identified to having this issue but it has not proved to be simple. The Project Coordination Team (PCT) faces numerous challenges such as lack of awareness from the locals, manager restriction of access, lack of current interactions between all parties, substantial equipment, and issues such as those. The issue that pops up quite significantly is that the project is not yet global and so the identity is not yet synchronized (Kiranjit, 2015). Such a synchrony would cause the various countries involved in this project to give more support and allow it to function better. Internally, the focus is on creating a communication network among stakeholders that is functional and running.

An area that needs to be improved even locally is the area of media use (Malaysia Press, 2016). The media is an important tool to making things goes viral. It is not just used to send messages but it can be used to send informative information. Such would be the likes of Dugong and Seagrass preservation. If this is enhanced and developed, the social media not just mainstream media will be useful (Roberge, 2014). The two will create a ripple effect of the information conveyed thereby resulting to a wider scope of effect. The website for example will be highly visual with an intense social media integration.

The local campaign for such has proven to be useful, according to projections, the creation of communication channels that will affect the locals directly will result to explosive results (Allagui, 2016). If the locals of an area can know the vision and projection, the attainment of the same would be hastened, the more the people teach about this the better the response and reaction. It would result to an awareness that would need no supervision to conserve these endangered species and while that is so, the importance of these species would be widely known even among the locals.

In Malaysia, there has been a potential area of dugong population, this has not left out the seagrass presence, and as such, there has been the attempt to secure the region to conserve these species (Hassan, 2010).). In the United Arab Emirates, there is the highest population of dugongs. They are 2500 in number and they occupy the western regions. Their main threat here is fishing by netting. However, fishing is an addition and not the main source of income, the method is detrimental to their population. The other peril here is that of coastal development and this has been evident past years, the way that this can be combatted is making advertisements that show the importance of these two species (Salman, 2011). Since almost everyone in this region has access to a television set or the internet, such a communication would reach many. The other method that would apply even on Malaysia is holding training forums for the fishermen and the coastal residents (Howe, 2012)

Globally, the challenge is even greater but is attainable (Jean, 2012), the challenge here is that awareness is minimal worldwide, the funding required is greater, the conservation message fatigue and more. The scope of the challenges is larger and the dynamic to solving them is different first in scale and secondly in terms of the methods (New & noteworthy, 1988). Important to notice is the 90,000 Google search record of the word Dugong, this shows a rise of interest and growth. It is necessary to notice such details because they are not only encouraging, but they show the progress of growth and effect of the project. A way that has been used to create awareness and grow the sense of dugong conservation is a website that is scheduled for completion in May 2016. It is meant to catch a larger crowd and inform more. Now, two newsletters have been distributed and are available at (www.dugongconservation.org).

It is important to increase the numbers of those aware and willing to conserve these species, the increased awareness will result to increased conservation.




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