Standing Committee of the National Board for WildLife recommends to celebrate October 5 as National Dolphin Day

What is the News?

The Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change has chaired the 67th meeting of the Standing Committee of the National Board for Wild Life.

What are the key decisions taken at the 67th meeting of the Standing Committee of the National Board for Wild Life?

October 5 as National Dolphin Day: The committee has recommended celebrating October 5th as National Dolphin Day every year as a historic step in creating awareness for the conservation of Dolphins. 

October 5 is currently celebrated as ‘Ganga River Dolphin Day’, but its re-designation as a National Day for Dolphin will encompass all rivers and oceans’ Dolphins beyond the Gangetic ones.

What is the significance of Dolphins?

Dolphins act as ideal ecological indicators of a healthy aquatic ecosystem. Hence, conservation of the dolphins will benefit the survival of the species and also the people dependent on the aquatic system for their livelihood.

Note: Gangetic River Dolphins were declared National Aquatic Animal in 2010.

Source: This post is based on an article “Standing Committee of the National Board for WildLife recommends to celebrate October 5 as National Dolphin Day” published in PIB on 25th March 2022.

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