A series of photos of giant fish in the Mekong River

 In terms of biodiversity, the Mekong River is second only in the world after the Amazon River, home to more than 1000 species of fish, the Mekong River provides the largest amount of freshwater fish food in the world. through agriculture, fishing, tourism and other occupations for the approximately 65 million people living in this downstream region.
The Mekong River is divided into two parts on the map: Upstream flows through China where is also known as Lancang River, Lower section from the river runs along Myanmar through Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam before flowing into the East Sea. .

It can be said that the Mekong River is one of the largest rivers in the world because of the very high diversity of fish species, the high diversity of migratory species, and the number of people who depend on this river. very high” – said Mr. Peter McIntyre, freshwater biology conservation expert at the University of Wisconsin_Madison .

The Mekong giant stingray, one of the large fish threatened
by ambitious plans to build hydroelectric dams on the Mekong River Basin
Photograph by Zeb Hogan, AP News

 

Thai fisherman holding a catfish caught in northern Thailand in 2005, This giant fish weighs 293kg. Biologists warn that building the Xayaburi dam on the Mekong mainstream in Laos would block the annual migration routes of dozens of fish species and could put 41 species at risk of extinction, including the giant catfish. Me Kong.

Photo taken by Suthep Kritsanavarin, WWF/NGS via AP


Cambodian fishermen caught catfish on the Mekong River in 2005. It is 1.5m long and weighs nearly 50kg.
Photo taken by Chor Sokunthea, DCS/DY/Reuters


Cambodian fisherman poses with a giant carp on the Tonle Sap stream, 2003
Photo by Andy Eames, AP


A Thai fisheries expert catches a catfish weighing 33kg in 2006.
Their eggs were taken to be included in a breeding program in an effort to restore populations of giant catfish in the Mekong system.
Photo taken by Chor Sokunthea, DCS/DY/Reuters
 

The plan to build a hydroelectric dam on the Mekong River will have a huge impact on the habitat of these giant fish.
 


Dachaoshan Dam in Yunnan Province, China is one of many dams on the 4,800km length of the Mekong River
Photographed by Eugene Hoshiko, AP
The builders of the Xayaburi Dam have promised to create “fish ladders” that would allow fish to migrate across these steps. But international activist Ame Trandem said that no modern technology can guarantee a safe migration process for a wide range of migratory fish species.

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