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Manish Datta
Khulna, Bangladesh
  • EDGE Fellow
[General description section]

For the past three years I have volunteered with the Bangladesh Cetacean Diversity Project, a conservation research and education program of the Wildlife Conservation Society here in Bangladesh. As an MSc student from the Khulna University, I am keen to assist this dedicated team in developing and implementing an effective conservation management plan for three new sanctuaries recently declared by the Government of Bangladesh for the protection of threatened freshwater dolphins.


Through my EDGE Fellowship projects ‘Quantifying entanglement and use of, and increasing awareness about, South Asian river dolphins’ I hope to increase our understanding about accidently by-caught freshwater dolphins (Platanista gangetica) and the fate of these carcasses.

BCDP (Bangladesh Cetacean Diversity Project)

This project will investigate by-catch levels of entangling gear types and the use of dolphin products for South Asian river dolphins in the north-eastern Sundarban mangrove forest and adjacent areas. It will increase awareness of fishing communities about freshwater dolphins and ongoing efforts to protect them in collaboration with students from local educational institutions

Coordinate the project including the involvement of the students from the local educational institutions and collaborate with the local experts.

Relevant species

This river dolphin can detect light, but its eyes lack lenses, leaving it unable to resolve images.

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Research interests

Freshwater Cetacean Conservation, Environmental Education





Associated Blog Posts
26th Sep 13
Manish Datta is an EDGE fellow working on the South Asian river dolphin in Bangladesh. In his first EDGE blog he describes his love for the species and intro...  Read

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