Irrawaddy Dolphin protected areas expanded

Wai Lin Aung


Fishery Department has expanded the Irrawaddy Dolphin protected areas in Kachin State and Sagaing region, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) Myanmar.

The coverage of the newly decided area is from the east of Htoneye village and the west of Sinkonetaing village in Katha Township in Sagaing Region to the east of Maungkone village and the west of Gyungyi village in Hteegyaing Township in Sagaing Region.

In addition, the coverage area is from Tuchaung village in Shweku Township in Bhamo District in Kachin State to the east and west of Thabyayhla village in Bhamo District in Kachin State.

For the extension of Irrawaddy Dolphin protection areas, Fishery Department educated and discussed with locals in over 50 villages in the conservation areas, in cooperation with the WCS Myanmar.

Ko Naing Lin, Irrawaddy Dolphin Landscape Coordinator from the WCS Myanmar said: “The fishery department officially designated Irrawaddy Dolphin protected areas. The department issued an order on August 28. Before the extension of with locals in over 50 villages, officials discussed with locals.”

The use of fishing gears and other adversely impactful methods are prohibited in the conservation area.