Conservation ecology of Irrawaddy dolphins in estuarine waters of Kuching

Andrew Alek, Tuen and Gianna, Minton and Cindy, Peter (2020) Conservation ecology of Irrawaddy dolphins in estuarine waters of Kuching. In: Shell Research Chair - A contribution to biodiversity and environmental conservation in Sarawak. UNIMAS Publisher, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, Kota Samarahan, Sarawak, pp. 16-21. ISBN 978-967-2298-27-4

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Cetaceans in the nearshore waters of Sarawak have ecological functions and economic importance to the state. Being the keystone species of the ocean, they are valuable as indicators of the health of the environment as they sit on top of the ocean’s food chain. The presence of marine mammals in an area indicate that the fishing stock of the particular area is still present. In addition to that, the Irrawaddy dolphins also serve as important attraction for the eco-tourism industry within Kuching Bay. However, populations of the Irrawaddy dolphins throughout South East Asia are facing risk of local extinction due to anthropogenic factors such as bycatch in fisheries, habitat loss and degradations, decreased fitness from pollutions or contaminants.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Uncontrolled Keywords: Biodiversity conservation, unimas, university, universiti, Borneo, Malaysia, Sarawak, Kuching, Samarahan, ipta, education, research, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak
Subjects: Q Science > QH Natural history > QH301 Biology
Divisions: Academic Faculties, Institutes and Centres > Institute of Biodiversity and Environmental Conservation
Depositing User: Peter
Date Deposited: 25 Nov 2020 08:38
Last Modified: 25 Nov 2020 08:38

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