Economic Importance for Humans: Positive
In the Irrawaddy River these dolphins engage in cooperative fishing with cast-net fishermen. Irrawaddy dolphins increase the amount of fish the fishermen catch; therefore, they are of economic value. Additionally, Irrawaddy dolphins have brought ecotourism to communities in Indonesia and India.
Positive Impacts: food ; ecotourism
- Sutaria, D. 2005. "Irrawaddy dolphin - India" (On-line). Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society. Accessed April 24, 2010 at http://www.wdcs.org/submissions_bin/consprojectirr.pdf.