A Method for Capturing Dugongs (Dugong dugon) in Open Water

Lanyon, Janet M., Slade, Rob W., Sneath, Helen L., Broderick, Damien P., Kirkwood, John M., Limpus, Duncan, Limpus, Colin J. and Jessop, Tim (2006) A Method for Capturing Dugongs (Dugong dugon) in Open Water. Aquatic Mammals, 32 2: 196-201. doi:10.1578/AM.32.2.2006.196

Author Lanyon, Janet M.
Slade, Rob W.
Sneath, Helen L.
Broderick, Damien P.
Kirkwood, John M.
Limpus, Duncan
Limpus, Colin J.
Jessop, Tim
Title A Method for Capturing Dugongs (Dugong dugon) in Open Water
Formatted title
A Method for Capturing Dugongs (Dugong dugon) in Open Water
Journal name Aquatic Mammals   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0167-5427
Publication date 2006
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1578/AM.32.2.2006.196
Volume 32
Issue 2
Start page 196
End page 201
Total pages 6
Place of publication Illinois, USA
Publisher Document & Publication Services, Western Illinois University
Language eng
Subject C1
770302 Living resources (incl. impacts of fishing on non-target species)
060205 Marine and Estuarine Ecology (incl. Marine Ichthyology)
0608 Zoology
Abstract We developed a method to rapidly and safely live capture wild dugongs based on the “rodeo method” employed to catch marine turtles. This method entails close pursuit of a dugong by boat until it is fatigued. The dugong is then caught around the peduncle region by a catcher leaping off the boat, and the dugong is restrained at the water surface by several people while data are collected. Our sampling protocol involves a short restraint time, typically < 5 min. No ropes or nets were attached to the dugong to avoid the risk of entanglement and subsequent drowning. This method is suitable for shallow, open-water captures when weather and water conditions are fair, and may be adapted for deeper waters.
Keyword Dugong
Dugong dugon
capture technique
wild population
marine mammal
Moreton Bay
Q-Index Code C1

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