Mr. Lonh Heal
Technical Director General
Ministry of Environment
48 Samdech Preah Sihanouk Tonle Bassac Chamkarmon
Tel: 011 855 12 923 526/ 011 855 129 27001
Fax: 011 855 23 987 880
The Irrawaddy dolphin is one of the most endangered species in the world but a new survey has revealed that one key population could be at the very edge of extinction.
Conservation group WWF is calling for urgent action to prevent the extinction of freshwater dolphins in the Mekong River, estimating 85 Irrawaddy dolphins left in Cambodia and Laos. The Mekong River Irrawaddy dolphin has been listed as critically endangered since 2004.
Habitat destruction, low calf survival rates, and fishing net entanglements are the biggest threats.
We ask that you reconsider your fishing methods and ban net fishing in the Mekong River that the Irrawaddy dolphin have a chance at survival.