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April 20, 2019

Ayeyawady dolphin count conducted between Mandalay and Kyaukmyaung towns

A dolphin spotted by surveyors in the conservation area.  Photo: WCS Myanmar
A dolphin spotted by surveyors in the conservation area.  Photo: WCS Myanmar

A count of Ayeyawady dolphins was conducted in the conservation area between Mandalay and Kyaukmyaung towns this month, according to an official with the Fisheries Department.
“During the survey, the number of Ayeyawady dolphins in the Ayeyawady dolphins’ protection zone was recorded. Meanwhile, the authorities patrolled the zone to check for electric-shock fishing and took action against it,” he added. While collecting data on the Ayeyawady dolphin population within its protection zone between Mandalay-Mingun and Kyaukmyaung towns, 20 dolphins were spotted in two days (2 and 3 April), and 17 dolphins were recorded on 4 April.
In Wetlet Township, 10 dolphins were found in Indaung Village on 2 April, and 3 in Kyuntawgyi Village, and 7 in Natmawoo Village on 3 April. On 4 April, 10 dolphins were spotted in Indaung Village and 7 dolphins in Ywartanshay Village of Madaya township.
The dolphin survey was conducted by a team of four officials from the Fisheries Department, a member from the Wildlife Conservation Society, and five officials from the Marine Police Force. The authorities arrested fishermen for carrying out electric-shock fishing near Ngapyinin village, Singu Township, and handed them over to the township’s Fisheries Department. — Myo Win Tun (Monywa) (Translated by La Wonn)

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