Dolphins of the Bay of Bengal

Latest update September 1, 2018 Started on September 1, 2018
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Dolphins swimming and leaping in the waters of Bangladesh reflect a healthy marine environment supporting fisheries vital to the livelihoods and food security of millions of people. But our ocean and the species that depend on it - including humans - face an uncertain future. WCS Bangladesh aims to reverse the decline of marine wildlife and secure a sustainable future for local people through science, conservation action, education, and inspiring people to value nature.

September 1, 2018
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Fishermen of the Bay of Bengal see dolphins when they come to the surface to breathe but their underwater lives are a mystery. Dolphins are often attracted to gill nets to eat fish that fall out when fishers pull them up. Sometimes the dolphins become entangled in fishing nets and die. Some species, like the Irrawaddy dolphin, are endangered and will go extinct unless we can reduce the numbers dying in fishing nets. We need to understand how to address this threat to save these beautiful animals. We will be filming underwater during at-sea surveys to better understand their behavior around fishing nets and to use the footage in locally-produced films for marine education. We also currently training fishermen in the Bay of Bengal on how to safely release dolphins from their nets. Underwater footage of the dolphins will be invaluable for bring these lessons to life. Join us as we learn more about how we can save dolphins from getting caught and dying in fishing nets .

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