A 110-kilogramme freshwater dolphin was found dead in Kratie province’s Chet Borey district on Tuesday after it was ensnared by a fishing net.
Chub Rathana, director of Kratie Provincial Tourism Department, said that the dolphin died on Monday and its swollen body was found floating on Tuesday in Sambok commune’s Sambok village.
“The local authority appeals to all the people to stop illegal fishing practices in the conservation area where the dolphins are living. Join together to save the dolphins,” Mr Rathana said.
The WWF said yesterday that based on a primary autopsy, the dolphin died from being entangled with a gillnet.
“This is the saddest news. We lost another dolphin in Kratie,” it said.
The WWF said that the Irrawaddy dolphins in the Mekong River in Kratie and Stung Treng provinces are still under threat by illegal fishing practices, with illegal fishing nets used in the dolphin conservation zones as one of the major causes of their deaths.
“Thus, in order to help protect the Irrawaddy dolphins, please join together to help stop all illegal fishing practices, especially in dolphin conservation areas,” it said.
There was a 15 percent increase of the Mekong dolphins from 80 in 2015 to 92 mammals in 2017. And so far this year, 20 new-born calves have been recorded while nine deaths were recorded, according to the WWF.
On October 28, a newly-born dolphin calf was spotted among seven other adult dolphins at Kampi dolphin pool in Sambok commune’s Kampi village. The newly-born dolphin calf was the 11th calf to be recorded in 2019.