China’s largest salt water lake contains 23 times as many naked carp as it did in the 1980s thanks to preservation work including a ban on fishing for the rare species. The fishing bureau of northwest China’s Qinghai Province, home to Qinghai Lake, said Sunday [13 December 2015] that there are now 60,000 tonnes of the fish in the lake. The local government has banned naked carp fishing there since January 2011, following five temporary prohibitions since the 1980s…Full Article: Dec 2015

Key Points

  • Naked carp weight approximately 0.5 kg on average once they reach adulthood (~10 years).
  • In the 1950s, Qinghai Lake was home to an estimated 320,000 MTs of naked carp.

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  • Native to China’s Qinghai Lake, naked carp (Gymnocypris przewalskii) is an edible saltwater fish known for its relative lack of scales.
  • In mid-June 2015, China released 10 million artificially bred naked carp into Qinghai Lake.
  • From 2002 to 2009, China released 48 million artificially bred naked carp into Qinghai Lake.

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