Tuesday March 12, 2024

The Phnom Penh Post

The Kratie Provincial Administration has reiterated that the use of electric fishing devices, large mesh size fishing nets and fishing leader lines is banned in the Mekong River dolphin protected areas.

The majority of dolphin deaths are caused by the use of illegal fishing gear.

A March 7 notification by the provincial authorities explained that Irrawaddy Mekong dolphins (Orcaella brevirostris) have been discovered dead in the Anlong Kampi Dolphin Conservation Area and Chroy Banteay, either electrocuted, or drowned after becoming entangled in nets or leader lines. 

It announced that it will be taking serious action to eliminate this threat, based on Sub-Decree No.155 dated September 25, 2012, and other relevant provisions.

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