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Deaths of Thai dugongs ring alarm bells in govt


The death of another dugong has prompted Natural Resources and Environment Minister Varawut Silpa-Archa to push efforts to boost the population of the endangered mammals.

Varawut said urgent action was needed after the discovery of a dugong carcass on a beach in Trang province on Sunday.

The animal is thought to have been killed by a stingray, as a barb was found imbedded in its skin.

Varawut said it was the second dugong found dead within a few days, the other having been pregnant. He said was concerned about Thailand’s population of dugongs, which is thought to number less than 250.

The minister ordered Sophon Thongdee, director-general of the Marine and Coastal Resources Department, to find ways of conserving the population and lowering the death toll.

An existing conservation project aims to boost the number of dugongs in Thai seas to 280 by the year 2022.

Published : December 22, 2020

By : The Nation