They may not get as many headlines as pandas, polar bears, and big cats, but freshwater fish deserve their moment in the spotlight, say conservationists. They’re critical for human survival, yet one-third of them are threatened with extinction according to a new report released by 16 global conservation organizations.1

In “World’s Forgotten Fishes,” researchers offer details about the Earth’s 18,075 freshwater fish species, which are more than half of all fish species and a quarter of all vertebrate species in the world.1 They point out that 80 freshwater fish species have been classified as extinct by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List, including 16 species just in 2020. Read More

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