Prioritizing efforts for conserving rare and threatened species with limited past data and lacking population estimates is predicated on robust assessments of their occupancy rates. This is particularly challenging for elusive, long-lived and wide-ranging marine mammals. In this paper we estimate trends in long-term (over 50years) occupancy, persistence and extinction of a vulnerable and data-poor dugong (Dugong dugon) population across multiple seagrass meadows in the Andaman and Nicobar archipelago (India).

Tropical bottom trawling is among the most destructive fishing
practices, catching large quantities of bycatch, which are usually
discarded. We used questionnaire surveys of trawl fishers to look at
changes in catches over the last 30 years (1978