Nearly 400 witness Dolphin-assisted net fishing in mid-February

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The artisan net fishing of fishermen being assisted by Irrawaddy dolphins.

U Maung Maung Lay, Chairman of the Irrawaddy Dolphin Conservation Group of the Department of Fisheries (Mandalay Region), reported that approximately 400 domestic and foreign visitors came to witness the local net-fishing tradition aided by dolphins in the Mandalay-Kyaukmyaung area, part of the Dolphin Conservation Area of Mandalay Region, during the second week of February.
It is noted that many visitors are attracted to observe the net-fishing practices of fishermen collaborating with dolphins in the Mandalay-Kyaukmyaung area, particularly during the low water period of the Ayeyawady River, which facilitates easier viewing of the net-fishing custom.
“Due to the current low water levels, the Irrawaddy dolphins have plentiful food resources. Consequently, now presents the prime opportunity to witness the largest gathering of Irrawaddy dolphins in the Mandalay-Kyaukmyaung region. Travellers flock to Ayekyun and Indown villages to witness the dolphins in groups during this season. In the second week of February, an estimated 400 people visit daily, while in the first week, around 300 people visit each day,” stated U Maung Maung Lay.
Likewise, travellers are reportedly attracted to Ayekyun village in Madaya Township of Mandalay Region, where community-based tourism (CBT) initiatives are underway, to observe the Irrawaddy River dolphins grazing daily. — ASH/MKKS

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