HomeHome
About usAbout us
PublicationsPublications
Yangtze Business NetworkYangtze Business Network
Business toursBusiness tours
ConferencesConferences
ConferencesConferences
Yangtze KnowledgeYangtze Knowledge
Contact usContact us

 
     
2014
2013
2012
2011
2010
2009
2008

News

Study suggests decline in finless porpoise numbers

21 November 2012
Scientists from a research expedition that is looking to find out how many finless porpoises now live in the Yangtze River have spotted just 10 individuals in a 630km section of the river, according to a statement by WWF. This is fewer than were detected in the area during a similar study six years ago.

Initial results suggest a drop in the population of the world’s only freshwater finless porpoise but final results won’t be released until late next month.

The Yangtze finless porpoise lives mainly in the central and lower reaches of the Yangtze River and two large adjoining lakes, Dongting and Poyang.

Estimates from the 2006 survey say that the finless porpoise is expected to decline to around 200 by 2035 but more recent studies indicate that the species could become extinct in 15 years if nothing is done to protect them.

Scientists on the expedition blame the decline on the growth of commercial shipping traffic and the construction of dams and other large-scale infrastructure projects.

     
Copyright © Yangtze Business Services 2018           Tel: +44 (0)20 8874 3217  info@YangtzeBusinessServices.com


Website by HOL