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Spirit of Participants of Bogor Youth Festival 2017 to Conserve Dugong



Posted on 20 August 2017   |  
Dugong
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Author: Adella Adiningtyas (Marine and Fishery Campaign and Social Media Assistant)
Translated by Evert W Fanggidae
The curiosity of how WWF Indonesia using technology for conservation needs seen in Bogor Youth Festival (BYSF) 2017 participant’s expression. 

Acording to Sheyka Nugrahani Fadela, Marine Species Conservation Assistant WWF-Indonesia, the current state of the field requires modern technology to save endangered wildlife. “We will use tools that I carry today to monitor wildlife at sea, like sharks, turtles to dugong”, add Sheyka.

WWF-Indonesia introduced one of the protected marine mammals, namely Duyung (Dugong), together with 25 participants attending the talk show BYSF 2017 on August 11 yesterday. To be able to observe the daily activities of marine mammals which are known as a shy animal certainly needed technological aids to facilitate the process of research in the field, such as drones, the tool in the form of air vehicles operated without crew. The mermaid survey using drones has been done since last year in Alor. “The WWF-Indonesia survey team got important data from last year’s mermaid survey in Alor where a mermaid was caught by drone camera interacting with green turtles swimming”

During the talk, Sheyka invited the participants to talk actively about the benefits of technology for conservation of dugong and other marine wildlife in Indonesia. Some of them already knew the reason behind the threat of extinction that lurk dugong at this time. According to Fadli, one of the attendees, the unknown number of dugong became an important key to the need for conservation dugong. It was also confirmed by Sheyka who had been involved in the follow-up process of dugong survey results in Alor, and has conducted several surveys of marine mammals in general with researchers from various agencies.

In addition to drones, technological tools that are commonly used by the WWF-Indonesia team in the field to observe the dugongs are binoculars, cameras, Global Positioning System (GPS) to several underwater sounds recording devices (hydrophone) for bioacoustics analysis. Data and information related to mermaid and seagrass beds is needed to support the implementation and enforcement of policies related to the management and protection of both marine biota, so as right on target. WWF-Indonesia uses aerial surveys, acoustic surveys and Geographical Information System (GIS) data analysis as well as database management to monitor the presence of dugong in Indonesian waters.

At the end of the talkshow, Sheyka explained that the high level of human activitiy, both on land and at sea, still threatens the mermaid population in Indonesia. Until now, there are still people who exploit dugong, whereas dugong have been fully protected by the government. Sheyka personally expressed her hope that BYSF 2017 participants could become more concern about dugong after knowing the facts. That way, with the help of advance technologies, dugong and marine ecosystems as a whole can be maintained.
 
Dugong
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Sheyka when introducing dugong at Talkshow Bogor Youth Festival 2017
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