HEFEI, Sept. 16 (Xinhuanet) -- The Center for
Protection of Aquatic Wild Animals in Yangtze River has been established in
Tongling City, east China's Anhui Province.
The center is responsible for the protection of rare species of aquatic animals and banning
excessive fishing in the river, according to the State Environmental Protection
Administration of China. The species under its protection include white-flag
dolphin, finless porpoise, Myxocyprinus asiaticus and Chinese sturgeons.
Rare aquatic animals in the river face more threats as the water quality
and environment worsen. According to statistics, the number of white-flag
dolphins fell to about 200 in 1990s from morethan 400 in 1982. The number of
finless porpoises shrank to current 1,700, from 2,700 in 1990s.
The center is also obliged to accept and cure injured animals that are on
the list of major protected species, according to the administration. Enditem