Dugongs in Asia

Hines, Ellen, Adulyanukosol, Kanjana, Poochaviranon, Sombat, Somany, Phay, Ath, Leng Sam, Cox, Nick, Symington, Keith, Tun, Tint, Ilangakoon, Anouk, de longh, Hans H., Aragones, Lemnuel V., Lu, Shaoyong, Jiang , Xia, Jing, Xin, D'souza, Elrika, Patankar, Vardhan, Sutaria, Dipani, Jethva, Bharat, and Solanki, Parimal (2012) Dugongs in Asia. In: Hines, Ellen M., Reynolds III, John E., Aragones, Lemnuel V., Mignucci-Giannoni, Antonio A., and Marmontel, Miriam, (eds.) Sirenian Conservation. University Press of Florida, Florida, USA, pp. 58-76.

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[Extract] Since World War II, increased exploitation of primary resources has been the policy of many Asian countries. Especially since the 1960s, there have been high birth rates and accelerated population growth in coastal areas. The population in Asia grows by 22.5% every ten years, with 60-70% of people living within 50km of the coast. This number is expected to double in the next 25-35 years. Rapid development coupled with a rapidly increasing human population in coastal areas has resulted in the degradation of coastal resources that were historically sustainable. Along with this intensified population growth, there has been a dramatic increase in commercial fishing. While coastal areas are vital to the needs and livelihoods of local peoples, human activities are, in many cases, degrading these areas. In South and Southeast Asia and China, as farmland becomes less available, immigration from overcrowded provinces into an open-access artisanal fishery industry has created an atmosphere of desperation that often places the dugong and its habitat at risk.

Item ID: 24831
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-0-8130-3761-5
Date Deposited: 12 Feb 2013 23:22
FoR Codes: 06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0602 Ecology > 060207 Population Ecology @ 33%
05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050205 Environmental Management @ 33%
06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0608 Zoology > 060809 Vertebrate Biology @ 34%
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96 ENVIRONMENT > 9608 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity > 960808 Marine Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity @ 50%
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