Irrawaddy dolphins live in marine and freshwater of Myanmar. They can be sighted in both coastal areas and Ayeyawady River. The Ayeyawady River is formerly known as Irrawaddy River and the name Irrawaddy Dolphin was taken from this river.
Castnet Fishing with the Help of Irrawaddy Dolphins
Castnet fishing with the help of Irrawaddy dolphins in upper reaches of the Ayeyawady River is a unique of Myanmar. Dolphins help castnet fishermen by driving fish towards the castnet fishing canoe. Dolphins and castnet fishermen communicate by audio and visual signals during the fishing. Only those dolphins lived in Kyaukmyaung and Mandalay segment, about 72km, know tha technique and help castnet fishermen. I studied this fishing in 2004. I submitted my reports to the Wildlife Conservation Society in 2004 and 2005.
You can download my reports in pdf by just click on the titles below (not on the cover pages, pls). You can also download a poster concerned with sound signals used in this castnet fishing from the Poster page. If you can not download the following reports, feel free to ask me to send them to you. You are welcome and thank you for your interest.
This is the first systematic study on castnet fishing with Irrawaddy dolphins ever done in Myanmar. Fishing technique has been described in detail in this report.
Comparative studies on castnet fishing with or without dolphins has been described in this report. This report is also the first of its kind in studying castnet fishing in Myanmar.