Seminar seeks conservation strategies for endangered Irrawaddy dolphin

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Representatives from the Fisheries Department, the Directorate of Hotels and Tourism and the Myanmar Tourist Guides Association observed Irrawaddy dolphin habitats Tuesday as part of a seminar aimed at conserving the endangered aquatic mammal.
Head of Mandalay Region Directorate of Hotels and Tourism U Tin Tun and Chairman of Myanmar Tourist Guides Association U Ye Myat Tun spoke at the opening of the seminar Sunday at Unique Myanmar 26 restaurant on 26th street in Chanayethazan Township.
Officials of Mandalay District Fisheries Department spoke about Irrawaddy dolphin habitat’s at Singu and Thabeikkyin areas in Ayeyawady River, conservation for the species, fish species in Taungthaman Lake and Paleik Lake and matters related to migratory birds.
Seminar participants observed the habitats on 27 and 28 April. The local population of some 60 Irrawaddy dolphins is listed as critically endangered.
An area spanning more than 80 nautical miles, encompassing Mandalay, Mingun, Kyaukmyaung and Singu, is designated as a dolphin conservation area.–Thiha Ko Ko (Mandalay)

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