Irrawaddy Dolphin Population in Cambodia’s Mekong River Increasing

Population of Irrawaddy dolphins in Cambodia's Mekong River is estimated to be between 80 and 106 in 2017-2018, according to scientific calculation by World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).

Better law enforcement and conservation efforts were credited by the wildlife conservation organisation, during its press conference yesterday here in Phnom Penh, for the positive trend of the dolphins.

Only two dolphins were found dead in 2017, while there were nine new-borns recorded.

In cooperation with WWF, the Royal Government of Cambodia through the Fisheries Administration, as pointed out by its Director Mr. Eng Cheasan, has developed long-term strategy for the conservation of Irrawaddy dolphins.

Mr. Seng Teak, WWF-Cambodia Country Director, also called for more elimination of illegal fishing that can affect the dolphin livelihood, especially in the upstream of the Mekong River through the cooperation with bordering Lao authority.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press