Recently, the Myanmar porpoise protection team captured six fishing boats hunting Ayeyarwaddy porpoises during a 15-day patrol. This porpoise conservation team, composed of Myanmar’s Ministry of Fisheries, wildlife conservation team, coast guard and local fishermen, patrolling the porpoise reserve day and night.
Wu Zoman, deputy director of Mandalay Fisheries Bureau, said that this special protection plan has achieved remarkable results. In addition to the six recently captured fishing boats, they also arrested 22 trawlers and 4 illegal personnel between September and November.
According to the statistics of Myanmar’s fisheries department, the Ayeyarwaddy porpoise breeds every three years, and in recent years, an average of about five deaths per year due to human activities. But since the beginning of 2020, eight porpoises have been found dead, the largest number of years in history.