Manus, the most northerly Province of Papua New Guinea, has a population of dugongs which is important to, and hunted by, the coastal people of the Province. Village patrols and aerial surveys have been conducted to assess the numbers of dugongs in the Province, the level of hunting
carried out by the people, and their attitudes to the conservation of this vulnerable marine mammal. This paper outlines the results of this work, supplementary work to be done, and suggests conservation areas which the people might like to create for the dugong and other marine resources
in Manus Province.
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