An endangered species of fish in China can now be aided to breed, 16 years after it was believed to have lost the ability, local authorities said Saturday. Dabry’s Sturgeon, a class A protected fish in China, lost its natural ability to breed in 2000 due to water pollution and overfishing…Full Article: Xinhua Oct 2016

Key Point

  • The Yangtze River Fisheries Research Institute (YRFRI) has led the effort to breed and re-stock Darby’s sturgeon in China.

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  • Endemic to the Yangtze River, Dabry’s sturgeon (Acipenser dabryanus) has seen a drop in stocks due in part to dam construction (diminishing its habitat area) and overfishing.
  • In March 2016, a Chinese fisherman caught a record-breaking (13.5 kilograms) freshwater sturgeon in Poyang Lake, Jiangxi Province. Nicknamed the “aquatic pandas”, the Chinese sturgeon are a protected animal species in China.
  • In April 2013, China’s Chinese Sturgeon Research Center released 8,000 captive-bred (i.e. farmed) Chinese sturgeon into the Yangtze River. In total, over the past 30 years, China has released more than 5 million Chinese sturgeon (Acipenser sinensis) back into the Yangtze River.

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