Environment Minister offers rewards for information on dolphin killers

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Locals spotted the dolphin’s body on Kuakata Beach on Wednesday, September 29, 2021 Dhaka Tribune

Seven dolphin conservation teams have been formed in the Sundarbans region, the minister said

The government will reward people who provide information on freshwater dolphin killers, Environment, Forestry and Climate Change Minister Md Shahab Uddin said on Sunday.

He made the announcement while attending a discussion hosted by the Forestry Department (DoF) to commemorate International Freshwater Dolphin Day.

“A group of people deliberately kill dolphins to obtain dolphin oil. Those who provide information to the forestry department on these dolphin killers will be rewarded, ”said the minister.

He said seven dolphin conservation teams have been formed in the Sundarbans region with more to be formed in other parts of the country soon.

The government has also taken various other initiatives for the conservation of dolphins.

“We train the locals, including the fishermen. We have already declared nine dolphin sanctuaries for conservation purposes, ”he said, adding that a dolphin action plan and a dolphin atlas have been prepared to protect and monitor marine mammals.

Deputy Minister of Environment, Forests and Climate Change Begum Habibun Nahar, Environment Secretary Md Mostafa Kamal and Additional Secretary (Administration) Iqbal Abdullah Harun, Chairman of the Mukit Nature and Life Foundation took the speaking as special guests during the discussion chaired by Chief Forestry Conservator Amir Hossain Chowdhury.

According to WCS data from the Wildlife Conservation Society, there were 26 cetacean deaths in 2018, 12 in 2019, 32 in 2020 and 25 deaths in 2021 through September, while a total of 275 cetaceans were reported dead. over the past 15 years.

WCS said Bangladesh has around 6,000 Irrawaddy dolphins, 2,300 bottlenose dolphins and 1,500 pink dolphins. There are 250 Ganges dolphins or shushuks in the Sundarbans and 125 in the Karnaphuli River.

The Halda River Research Laboratory at Chittagong University (CU) has recorded the deaths of 30 dolphins in the Halda River alone since September 2016.


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