Prime Minister Hun Sen has appointed a dolphin conservation committee aimed at saving
the Irrawaddy dolphin from extinction.
Seng Teak, country director of the World Wildlife Fund, said 12 dolphins have died
since the beginning of 2006, leaving only 80 to 110 of the critically endangered
mammals in Cambodia.
Deputy Minister for Tourism and committee member Thong Khon said the government views
the dolphins as national heritage and is committed to protecting them. The committee
will define a "fishing free zone" to protect dolphins from fishing nets,
one possible cause of the recent spate of dolphin deaths.