Burma to Cooperate With WCS on Irrawaddy Dolphin Conservation

Burma will cooperate with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) to implement a plan to help save the Irrawaddy dolphin, Eleven Media reports. “We are planning to sign a contract for the conservation of Ayeyawady dolphins in a second, five-year project from 2012 to 2017. We will sign the MoU with WCS once we designate the conservation area,” said Khin Maung Aye, Deputy Minister for Livestock, Fisheries and Rural Development. He said the cetaceans, which inhabit upper stretches of the Irrawaddy River, number around 70, adding that the dolphins are being threatened by fishing, as they regularly get entangled in nets and drown.

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