17 Feb '12, 8pm

Green Blog: In Marine Wildlife Preserves, a Balancing Act

Alice Rocco A dolphin off the coast of Bangladesh. If national parks and wildlife preserves can protect precious biodiversity and ecosystems on land, why not set aside areas for conservation in the aquatic realm, too? That’s the idea behind this week’s announcement that Bangladesh is creating wildlife sanctuaries for endangered freshwater dolphins in the Sundarbans, the world’s largest mangrove ecosystem. The Ganges River and Irrawaddy dolphins are thought to be the only surviving freshwater dolphins in Asia, as the Yangtze River dolphin has not been seen in a decade. The sanctuaries, planned by the Bangladesh Forest Department and the Wildlife Conservation Society, are meant to protect nearly 20 miles of channels in a total area of just over four square miles. The mammals face serious threats from dam construction and fishing pressures on their food supplies, as well as p...

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