In China, historical sightings tell us that the species used to extend from the East China Sea, near Shanghai, to the Gulf of Tonkin in southernmost China. China coastal area has been greatly modified in the last few decades, and its marine resources have been depleted and degraded. Today, distribution has shrunk along the coast of mainland China and only five populations are known to remain in east and northern South China Sea;
- the Jiulong River, Xiamen (Fujian Province),
- the Pearl River Estuary, Hong Kong and Zhuhai (Guangdong Province),
- Sanniang Bay, Beihei (Guangxi Province),
- Zhanjiang Bay, Leizhou (Guangdong Province) and,
- Jhuoshuei and Daan Rivers, between Miaoli and Tainan Counties (Taiwan) [this subpopulation was listed as critically endangered by the World Conservation Union (IUCN) in August 2008]
This project, generously funded by Shiseido – AUPRES, will promote academic exchange between marine mammal researchers from throughout China, will assist regional conservation efforts for Chinese white dolphins and will also increase public awareness on the plight of this extra-ordinary pink dolphin.