Amazonian Dolphins Rescued in Bolivia
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From the BBC:
18 September 2012 Last updated at 18:19 GMT
Bolivia enacts law to protect Amazon pink dolphins
The pink dolphin, known locally as bufeo, is Bolivia‘s only freshwater mammal species
Bolivian President Evo Morales has enacted a law aimed at protecting a unique species of dolphins that live in the country’s Amazon rivers.
The new legislation bans fishing freshwater pink dolphins and declares the species a national treasure.
At a ceremony along the shores of the Ibare river, President Morales called on the armed forces to protect the habitats of the pink dolphins.
The species is threatened by erosion, pollution and logging in the Amazon.
Male Bolivian freshwater pink dolphins can weigh up to 200kg (440 pounds).
An appendix to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna (Cites) says the species is vulnerable because of overfishing in the Amazon basin.
But it says the main threat is the contamination of rivers in the region by mercury, used in illegal gold mining operations.
See also here.
- Bolivia enacts law to save Amazon river dolphins (sacbee.com)
- Guess Who’s Chopping Down The Amazon Now? (wnyc.org)
- Bolivia enacts law to save Amazon river dolphins (kansascity.com)