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Cash rewards for rescuing Yangtze porpoises

19 March 2014
People are to be offered cash rewards for helping to save a threatened cetacean in the Yangtze River delta, reported People’s Daily.

Those who report an injured or at risk Yangtze finless porpoise − and help save it before officials arrive − could be rewarded with Rmb300 from the local fisheries bureau. A smaller reward of Rmb100 could be given to residents who report the death of a porpoise.

It is thought that only about 1,000 of these freshwater animals remain in the wild, of which about half live in Poyang Lake. The population has fallen by nearly 14 per cent annually since 2006, according to an official report from 2013.

Experts say pollution and low water levels are harming the fragile species. Poyang Lake’s area has been reduced by an estimated 95 per cent due to the construction of a dam and recent droughts.

     
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