06 Jan 2021 - Source: Global New Light of Myanmar - A combined team led by the Fisheries Department conducted a one-year patrolling project on Ayeyawady dolphin conservation to reduce and finally eliminate illegal electrofishing in Ayeyawady River.When the Fisheries Department conducted the patrolling project, it was joined by the Department of Environmental and Endangered Aquatic Species Conservation, Kanbalu township Fisheries Department, Singu township Fisheries Department, Sagaing township Upper Myanmar Fisheries Training Centre, Maritime Police Supervision Division No. 1, the local people from Mandalay Ayeyawady Dolphin Conservation and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) of Myanmar.
The patrolling project took 104 hours, and the activities were usually conducted in early mornings, mornings, afternoons, evenings and at nights in an area of 1,140 kilometres. The team completed the patrolling project for 15 days from 16 December to 30 December 2020.
Within 15 days, the team confiscated five fishing boats, five batteries and 12 other related equipment used in the illegal fishing. The team has arrested one man and filed charges against him under Freshwater Fisheries Law in Mandalay Region.
The team has handed over the illegal equipment seized on 17 and 24 December to Madaya township Fisheries Department, those captured on 21 and 27 December to Singu township Fisheries Department and those charged on 23 December to Shwebo District Fisheries Department.—GNLM (Translated by Hay Mar)