Cambodia creates safe zones for rare Mekong River dolphins

Cambodia on Monday (Feb 27) created Irrawaddy dolphin conservation and protection zones covering a 120-km-long stretch of the Mekong River in northeastern Stung Treng and Kratie provinces, according to a sub-decree.

Signed by Prime Minister Hun Sen, the sub-decree said the safe zone for the rare animal included 35km in the main channel of the Mekong River in Stung Treng and 85km in Kratie.

“Fishing must be prohibited from the dolphin conservation and protection zones,” the sub-decree said, adding that vessels must not be allowed to travel at the speed of more than 30km per hour, while aquaculture is also banned.

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