Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Centre launches survey on Gangetic dolphins

Centre launches survey on Gangetic dolphins 

Counting in Allahabad to Varanasi stretch is expected to be launched this week . The Centre has launched the first ever across-the-river survey in the Ganga to determine the population of aquatic life, including that of the endangered(लुप्तप्राय) Gangetic doplhin. The survey will create a baseline scientific data for the government to take suitable measures to improve quality of the river water, the National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) has said. The first leg of the census was launched on March 1 from Narora in Uttar Pradesh to Bijnor (covering distance of nearly 165 km) to establish the number of the national aquatic animal. Counting in the Allahabad to Varanasi stretch (close to 250 km in length) is expected to be launched this week. A study to figure out fish species composition in the 2525-km-long river has been also been kick started from Harshil in Uttarakhand. The authority is conducting the survey through Wildlife Institute of India (WII),, under the Namami Gange programme.  A specialist in the area, Sandeep Behera, noted with concern the disappearing of Gangetic dolphins, one of the four freshwater dolphins in the world, from the river stretch in Narora to Kanpur due to pollution.
“The study will, therefore, find out stretches where dolphin is habitating, what are the conditions there and the level of threat the long-snouted species is facing in a particular belt,” he added. Apart from number of dolphins, number of ghariyals and turtles (कछुए) in the river will also be ascertained after summer sets in fully , NMCG has said.

“All the surveys carried out in Ganga previously were conducted in bits and pieces or were rapid. This is for the first time a comprehensive and scientific study is being conducted,” Mr. Behera said.

Definitions of endanger (लुप्तप्राय)

(of a species) seriously at risk of extinction.
Magnolia stellata is an endangered tree species endemic to the Tokai region of central Japan.
put (someone or something) at risk or in danger.
he was driving in a manner likely to endanger life
synonyms: imperil, jeopardize, risk, put at risk, put in danger, expose to danger, threaten, pose a threat to, be a danger to, be detrimental to, damage, injure, harm, peril

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