Giant Catfish Faces Dam Risk in Asia

Giant Catfish at Risk in Asia
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A fisher returns to shore with a Mekong giant catfish caught at Khone Falls in Laos last year.

The huge species is illegal to catch and is generally caught accidentally.

Today there may only be a few hundred adult giant catfish left in the entire Mekong River system.

The group of fishers who caught this giant catfish initially hoped to sell it. But when they could not find any buyers, they ended up distributing the meat among people in their village.

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