Elusive Giant Salmon Carp Discovered in the Mekong-Stung Treng after 20 years

Dr. Heng Kong, Director of Inland Fisheries Research and Development Institute of the Fisheries Administration, and Dr. Zep Hogan, the lead of the Wonders of the Mekong in the campaign of the giant salmon carp in Koh Preah Village, Koh Preah Commune, Siem Bok District, Stung Treng Province. Photo: Chhut Chheana

The giant salmon carp (Aaptosyax grypus), one of the world’s most threatened fish species, has been unexpectedly re-discovered in Stung Treng Province in Cambodia. Since 2004, not a single adult giant salmon carp was recorded, but earlier this year a 13-pound (6kg) specimen was discovered at a local wet market located along the Mekong River. The Mekong River is the only place on earth where the giant salmon carp can be found. Click on this link to watch a video about Pasanak: https://youtu.be/VCh8AOpqdes

The Wonders of the Mekong project asks all fishers to contact our researchers if they catch a giant salmon carp. Please contact our researchers at 0713 55 45 45 and 077 555 804 so that they can monitor and protect this rare fish species and its habitat.


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