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08/25/12 PHNOM PENH: The Cambodian government on Friday said it will limit fishing in a zone in the Mekong River to protect critically endangered freshwater dolphins. The Irrawaddy dolphin conservation area will cover a 180-kilometre-long stretch of river from eastern Kratie province to the border with Laos, the government said after the measure was approved in the weekly cabinet meeting.

Mekong Delta (Vietnam). 'The food bowl of Vietnam, the Mekong Delta is an overwhelmingly green expanse but surprisingly heavily populated all the same. Those longing for a taste of local life far from fellow travellers will find it in many of the small, isolated cities in the Mekong’s forgotten (by tourism at least) corners.'


Thousands of rare Irrawaddy dolphins found

Photo: EPA Irrawaddy Dolphin (aka Mekong or Mahakam River Dolphins) are reported to work with fishermen by herding fish into their nets. In Burma, Irrawaddy dolphins were observed responding to fishermen who tapped on the sides of their boats signaling the dolphins to begin herding fish into the nets. In return, the fisherman share their catch with the dolphins.