Mongabay reports on the plight of Mekong giant catfish (Pangasianodon gigas), the world’s largest freshwater fish and an icon of the Mekong River.
The biggest individuals weigh in at 300 kilograms and grow up to three metres long. Their health is inextricably linked to the health of the river itself.
The giant catfish’s population is thought to have crashed by 80% in recent decades. The species is listed as “Critically Endangered” by the IUCN, but no one really knows how many survive in the Mekong today.
Are dams the single biggest threat to the migratory giant catfish? Full story at Mongabay.