Bolivian president Morales acts to protect dolphins


The Bolivian President Evo Morales has introduced a law to protect endangered Amazon river dolphins.

It bans fishing for the freshwater dolphins and encourages programs to protect them and their habitats, damaged by erosion, pollution and woodcutting in the river basins.

The president announced the law yesterday along the shores of the Ibare river in Bolivia's Amazon region. The dolphins are often pink and have longer snouts than their saltwater cousins, and can weigh 30 to 40 kilograms.