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Xiamen home to about 100 Chinese white dolphins after protection efforts

Updated: 05 Jun 2015
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Since 2008, Xiamen has invested more than 10 million yuan to set up monitoring systems to protect Chinese white dolphins and amphioxi
   
15 years after the establishment of the National Nature Reserve of Xiamen's Rare Marine Species, the city has witnessed obvious improvements in the breeding of rare marine species, such as Chinese white dolphins, egrets and amphioxi. 
 
Since 2008, Xiamen has invested more than 10 million yuan to set up monitoring systems to protect Chinese white dolphins and amphioxi. 
 
With a radius of 10 kilometers, the eastern sea area of Xiamen Wuyuan Bay has a ban on fishing all year round to guarantee there is enough food for the Chinese white dolphins in the area. According to observation records, Xiamen is now home to about 100 Chinese white dolphins, and the scenes of the dolphins frolicking in the sea have become more common in Xiamen. 
 
Xiamen is the only city in the world which allows people to see inshore dolphins on its beaches, whereas in other countries, such as Japan and Peru, people have to get to dolphins in the open sea after hours of ship-riding. 
 
The city took the lead in the management of its national nature reserves from 2013 to 2014. 
 
Efforts have been made to improve and restore the marine ecosystem around Xiamen since the mid-1990s, with another 30-odd related laws and regulations issued following the 1994 rules and related public awareness campaigns promoted through media publicity. 
 
The city has invested more than 800 million yuan to restore the marine ecosystem in recent years. 
 
Artificial interference has played a key role in protecting and breeding rare marine species. During the last five years, 46 batches of fish, shrimp and captive-bred amphioxi have been released into the sea.     
  
SOURCE: WOX Team
 
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