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World’s First Fishing Cat Census Outside the Protected Area Network

Context: World’s first fishing cat census was done in Chilika by Chilika Development Authority (CDA) in collaboration with the Fishing Cat Project (TFCP).

Key Points: 

  • The Chilika Lake, Asia’s largest brackish water lagoon, has 176 fishing cats.
  • This is the world’s first population estimation of the fishing cat, which has been conducted outside the protected area network.
  • A total of 150 camera traps were deployed in two phases, and the Spatially explicit capture-recapture (SECR) method was used to analyse the data. 

About Fishing Cats:

  • Fishing cats have globally threatened cats. 
  • They occur in wetlands such as marshlands, mangroves and flooded forests in major South and Southeast Asian river basins starting from the Indus in Pakistan to the Mekong in Vietnam and in the island nations of Sri Lanka and Java.

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