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The conservation of river cetaceans in the Yangtze River
Zhao, Xiujiang (1); Wang, Ding (1); Sun, Zhiyu (1); Chen, Yongbo (1); Gao, Yong (1); Zhao, X.
Conference Name2011 International Symposium on Water Resource and Environmental Protection, ISWREP 2011
Source PublicationISWREP 2011 - Proceedings of 2011 International Symposium on Water Resource and Environmental Protection
Conference DateMay 20, 2011 - May 22, 2011
Conference PlaceXi'an, China
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Department(1) China Three Gorges Corporation, Yichang, Hubei, 443002, China; (2) Institute of Hydrobiology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Wuhan, Hubei, 430072, China
AbstractBaiji, or Yangtze River Dolphin (Lipotes vexillifer) and the Yangtze finless porpoise (Neophocaena phocaenoides asiaeorientalis) are two rare cetacean species endemic to the Yangtze River basin. The threats to both cetaceans include a collection of illegal fishing (electro-fishing and gillnets etc.), transportation, pollution and water constructions. Construction and the operation of the dam would lead to some negative impacts on Yangtze cetaceans by altering its habitats, including alternation of the hydrological feature, fluvial geomorphology, food resources (i.e. fish) and the way of utilization of the river by local communities. The China Three Gorges Corporation funded two conservation projects to remedy the impacts. The first is a monitoring program to investigate the abundance, distribution and trends of porpoises; and the second is to explore the possibility and feasibility of establishing the reservoir above the dam as habitats of the porpoise. As a collection of factors would also contribute a lot to the threats of cetaceans, consequently, the integrated river basin management would be proposed.
Funding OrganizationIEEE Beijing Section; Australian Rivers Institute; Chang'an University; Geosci. Dep., Natl. Nat. Sci. Found. China (NSFC); Jilin University
Indexed ByEI
Document Type会议论文
Corresponding AuthorZhao, X.
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Zhao, Xiujiang ,Wang, Ding ,Sun, Zhiyu ,et al. The conservation of river cetaceans in the Yangtze River[C]:IEEE Computer Society,2011:1059-1061.
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