CRRF maintains several ongoing special research projects covering a broad range of topics. One of these is our dugong project funded by the Small Grants Programme of the Global Environment Facility (GEF). The project’s main focus and projected outcomes are summarized in its title – Behavioral observations and habitat use of dugongs (Dugong dugon) in the Rock Islands Southern Lagoon, Koror State, to enhance public awareness and management effectiveness for dugong conservation in Palau. A second is our bathymetric mapping project, funded by the U.S. Dept. of Interior, to map the outer slope around the main Palau islands and reefs.

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