Cambodia’s Mekong dolphin is dying despite efforts to save it

The dolphin’s decline is a stark illustration of the global biodiversity crisis and the challenges of conservation.

The fishing gangs visit the river at night and the rangers do nothing to stop them.

Working in large groups, the boatmen use fishing methods that have long been outlawed in this part of the mighty Mekong River like gillnetting, which uses nets that hang like a curtain in the water and snag fish by their gills, and electrofishing.

Normally, the rangers would intervene. But these days, they hang back out of a mix of intimidation and sympathy for neighbours made desperate by the pandemic.

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