17 Aug '11, 9pm

Irrawaddy Dolphins on Brink of Extinction

Irrawaddy Dolphins on Brink of Extinction

• Irrawaddy River in Myanmar • Mahakam River in Indonesia All three populations are critically endangered, and are threatened by fisheries bycatch and habitat loss. What is WWF doing to help? WWF is working with governments, industry and local communities to protect the Irrawaddy dolphin including: • Collaborating with the Cambodian government's Department of Fisheries to implement a plan for protection of the remaining dolphins • Working with The Coca-Cola Company and local residents to preserve biodiversity and address threats from climate change in the Mekong river basin through habitat restoration, infrastructure improvements and influencing local policy • Engaging the fishing industry, research institutes, universities, and government through the Smart Gear competition to inspire and reward practical, innovative fishing gear designs that reduce bycatch The protection ...

Full article: http://www.worldwildlife.org/who/media/press/2011/WWFPres...

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