Thailand: fighting extinction of Mekong giant catfish

Mekong giant catfishFrom the BBC:

Giant Mekong catfish off the hook

Thai fishermen have promised to stop catching the endangered giant Mekong catfish to mark the 60th anniversary of their king’s accession to the throne.

Nearly 60 fishermen made the pledge at a ceremony in the northern city of Chiang Khong – one of several events to celebrate the King’s long reign.

The men are being paid $500 (£270) for each giant catfish net they surrender.

The creature was put on the World Conservation Union’s critically endangered list three years ago.

It was found that numbers of the species had plummeted over a decade.

The giant Mekong catfish can grow to around 3m in length and weigh up to 300kg.

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