Mekong Giant Catfish

Giant Catfish
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During the peak fishing season, hundreds of tons of fish are harvested daily from the Mekong River. With no access to refrigeration, many fishers place their fish in the sun to dry. Fish are also mixed with salt to make fish paste, squeezed to produce fish sauce, processed into feed for livestock, and even plowed directly into soil as fertilizer. According to the Mekong River Commission, people living within the Mekong River Basin harvest an estimated 2 million tons of aquatic resourcesmore than any other river in the world and 1/50 of the global fisheries productionwith a value of approximately 1.2 billion dollars.

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Photograph by Zeb Hogan, National Geographic Conservation Trust, University of California, Davis
 
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