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Forgotten freshwater fish need to be brought back from the brink


Forgotten freshwater fish need to be brought back from the brink

Freshwater biodiversity has been neglected over the years, to the extent that many species are critically endangered

Senior features writer

A third of freshwater fish species are threatened by extinction and, 18, out of 80 species declared extinct, died out last year, according to a startling report on the state of the World’s Forgotten Fishes (https://wwf.panda.org/discover/our_focus/freshwater_practice/the_world_s_forgotten_fishes/) by 16 conservation organisations, released on Tuesday.

The decrease in freshwater biodiversity is happening twice as fast as that of oceans or forests, even though the planet’s rivers, lakes and wetlands provide food for more than 200 million people and jobs for about 60 million.

“Nowhere is the world’s nature crisis more acute than in our rivers, lakes and wetlands, and the clearest indicator of the damage we are doing is the rapid decline in freshwater fish populations. They are the aquatic version of the canary in the coal mine, and we must heed the warning,” says Stuart Orr, the global head of freshwater for the World Wide Fund for Nature...

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