Spinner Dolphin
Image credit: Rubaiyat Mansur
Project

Saving Threatened Coastal Cetaceans in Collaboration with Gillnet Fishermen in Coastal Waters of Bangladesh

Duration
2013 - 2015
Location
Bangladesh
Species protected
Irrawaddy dolphin Orcaella brevirostris
Indo-Pacific Finless porpoise Neophocaena phocaenoides

Project objectives

This project will increase the number of dolphins and porpoises released alive after becoming entangled in gillnets. It will also increase the at-sea safety of fishermen leading to a greater openness towards adopting dolphin-safe and sustainable fishing practices.
The project will moreover provide vital scientific information on these little known species and serve as a proof-of-concept for a model that can be applied in other areas of the Indo-Pacific where coastal cetaceans are at risk of extinction from gillnet entanglement.

This project is implemented by Wildlife Conservation Society.

Threaths

Over-exploitation of natural resources & prey depletion