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Cambodian catches world’s largest recorded freshwater fish

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The world’s biggest freshwater fish, a giant stingray, at Koh Preah island in the Mekong River south of Stung Treng province, Cambodia on June 14, 2022.
The world’s biggest freshwater fish, a giant stingray, at Koh Preah island in the Mekong River south of Stung Treng province, Cambodia on June 14, 2022.

CAMBODIA: The world’s largest recorded freshwater fish, a giant stingray, has been caught in the Mekong River in Cambodia, according to scientists from the Southeast Asian nation and the United States.

The stingray, captured on June 13, measured almost four meters (13 feet) from snout to tail and weighed slightly under 300 kilograms (660 pounds), according to a statement on Monday by Wonders of the Mekong, a joint Cambodian-U.S. research project.

The previous record for a freshwater fish was a 293-kilogram (646-pound) Mekong giant catfish, discovered in Thailand in 2005, the group said.

The stingray was snagged by a local fisherman south of Stung Treng in northeastern Cambodia. The fisherman alerted a nearby team of scientists from the Wonders of the Mekong project, which has publicized its conservation work in communities along the river.

Freshwater fish are defined as those that spend their entire lives in freshwater, as opposed to giant marine species such as bluefin tuna and marlin, or fish that migrate between fresh and saltwater like the huge beluga sturgeon.

The Mekong River runs through China, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. It is home to several species of giant freshwater fish but environmental pressures are rising.

The team that rushed to the site inserted a tagging device near the tail of the mighty fish before releasing it. The device will send tracking information for the next year, providing unprecedented data on giant stingray behavior in CambodiaIn addition to the honour of having caught the record-breaker, the lucky fisherman was compensated at market rate, meaning he received a payment of around US$600.

– ARAB NEWS

Wednesday, June 22, 2022 – 01:00











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