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A worldwide campaign by the Fishing Cat Conservation Alliance to protect the feline

  • Posted By
    10Pointer
  • Categories
    Environment
  • Published
    6th Feb, 2021

Context

The fishing cat, a lesser-known feline species, is facing several threats due to its depleting habitat. So, a worldwide campaign by the Fishing Cat Conservation Alliance to protect the feline is being started.

About Fishing Cat

  • The fishing cat(Prionailurus viverrinus) is a medium-sized wild cat of South and Southeast Asia.
  • It is very much content and survives in water.
  • Protection Status: Since 2016, it is listed as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List. 
  • Threats: Fishing catpopulations have declined severely over the last decade. Some of the reasons are for the declining population is:
  • habitat loss [wetland degradation and conversion for aquaculture and other commercial projects]
  • sand mining along river banks
  • agricultural intensification resulting in loss of riverine buffer
  • targeted hunting and retaliatory killings
  • Occurrence: They are found in Sundarbans in West Bengal and Bangladesh, Chilika lagoon, and surrounding wetlands in Odisha, Coringa, and Krishna mangroves in Andhra Pradesh.
  • Fishing cats have a patchy distribution along the Eastern Ghats. They are found in
  • estuarine floodplains
  • tidal mangrove forests
  • inland freshwater habitats

Fishing Cat Conservation Alliance

  • The Fishing Cat Conservation Alliance is a team of conservationists, researchers, and enthusiasts across the world.
  • Aim: To have a world with functioning floodplains and coastal ecosystems.