Report to be compiled to protect Ayeyawady dolphins

31 December 2019
Report to be compiled to protect Ayeyawady dolphins
Ayeyawady Dolphins seen jumping out of the water. Photo: MNA

To protect the endangered Ayeyawady dolphin at the regional level, a dolphin survey report is being compiled and will be submitted for consideration at the Hluttaw, said U Aye Khaing, Chairman of the Mandalay Region Hluttaw Resources and Environmental Conservation Committee, state media reported.

The dolphins’ natural habitats in Mingun, Kyaukmyaung, Htigyaing, Katha and Shwegu are designated conservation areas. The Department of Fisheries and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) are working together with local residents to protect the dolphins.

However, according to a WCS report, there are only around 72 Ayeyawady Dolphins in Myanmar. The dolphin survey report aims to prevent their numbers from dropping and to increase their reproduction rate by implementing a regional level protection programme.