Category Archives: Endangered

Initiative to save Taiwanese white dolphins from extinction

TweetTaiwanese white dolphins (Sousa chinensis taiwanensis) live in shallow nearshore waters along the west coast of Taiwan (= eastern Taiwan Strait). Researchers from Taiwan and elsewhere have been studying this small and declining population (currently < 75 individuals) since its … Continue reading

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Lost Indus dolphins in the Beas River, India

TweetIndus River dolphins (Platanista gangetica minor) inhabit the Indus River system of Pakistan and India.  Over the last 150 years, numerous irrigation barrages (gated dams) that divert river water into canals have been constructed in this system.  As a result, … Continue reading

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New Infographic from Arabian Sea Whale Network

TweetAfter months of planning, the Arabian Sea Whale Network (ASWN) has finalized an infographic designed to raise awareness of the unique nature of Arabian Sea humpback whales and the urgent conservation challenges they face.  The infographic is intended for dissemination to a … Continue reading

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Progress on Chinese White Dolphin (CWD) Research and Conservation Initiative

TweetThe project previously described (see 29 June 2016 news item) has proceeded as planned over the past half-year. A stakeholder workshop organized by Ocean Park Conservation Foundation Hong Kong (OPCFHK) took place in Hong Kong on 10-13 January 2017. More … Continue reading

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Arabian Sea humpback whales are one of only four populations still considered Endangered under the United States revised Endangered Species Act listing.

Tweet*This article is a re-post of a recent WWF media release http://wwf.panda.org/wwf_news/?278471/Arabian-Sea-humpback-whales-one-of-only-four-populations-still-considered-endangered-after-lengthy-US-review Following an extensive review process that started in 2009 and was finalized in September 2016, the United States’ National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has revised the status of humpback … Continue reading

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Collaboration on humpback dolphin (Sousa plumbea) research and conservation in South and East Africa

TweetHumpback dolphins in the Indian Ocean were recently recognised as a distinct species (Sousa plumbea) that occurs in coastal waters from South Africa to India (link to earlier news article).  The species occurs in very near-shore habitat, generally in water … Continue reading

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IUCN Letter to the Indian Minister of Environment – Concern over the impact of India’s National Waterways Act on Ganges River dolphins

TweetIn early April attention was drawn to India’s National Waterways Act 2016, which calls for massive reconfiguration of the Ganges and Brahmaputra river systems into inland waterways to facilitate transport cargo, coal, and industrial raw materials and to support tourism … Continue reading

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Conservation of the Arabian Sea Humpback Whale

TweetThe humpback whale population in the Arabian Sea (northern Indian Ocean) is the smallest and most endangered humpback whale population in the world. It is threatened by entanglement in fishing gear, ship strikes, and noise from ship traffic and coastal … Continue reading

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Hawaiian insular population of false killer whales listed as Endangered

TweetOn November 28th, 2012 the U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service officially listed a distinct population segment of false killer whales around the main Hawaiian Islands as Endangered under the U.S. Endangered Species Act. This population, termed the Hawaiian insular population, … Continue reading

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Release of Gangetic Dolphin Conservation Action Plan, India

TweetThe Prime Minister of India declared the Gangetic Dolphin as the National Aquatic Animal of India on the 5th October, 2009 and it was formally notified on 10th May, 2010. A Conservation Action Plan for the Gangetic Dolphin was then … Continue reading

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