BBC – Extinction: Freshwater fish in ‘catastrophic’ decline

More evidence of the impacts of the biodiversity crisis on freshwater and migratory fish species reported on the BBC wesbite. Fisheries Management Scotland continue to make the case, including via the advisory group for Scotland’s Wild Salmon Strategy to prioritise efforts to protect and enhance our aquatic environment.

A report has warned of a “catastrophic” decline in freshwater fish, with nearly a third threatened by extinction.

Conservation groups said 80 species were known to have gone extinct, 16 in the last year alone.

Millions of people rely on freshwater fish for food and as a source of income through angling and the pet trade.

But numbers have plummeted due to pressures including pollution, unsustainable fishing, and the damming and draining of rivers and wetlands.

The report said populations of migratory fish have fallen by three-quarters in the last 50 years.

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