What is a breeding fishes and Why Must It Be Protected?

Most of small scale mud carp generally weigh 2 kg or more and they live only in the Upper Mekong River, in the Mekong – 3S system, the Sekong, Sesan and the Sre Pok Rivers in Cambodia, in Kratie, Stung Treng and Ratanakiri provinces. Photo: Chhut Chheana / Wonders of the Mekong.
  • Chhut Chheana / USAID Wonders of the Mekong
  • September 26, 2020 3:48 AM

The Cambodian Mekong – 3S system comprises the Mekong mainstem, the Sekong, Sesan and  Srepok Rivers situated in Stung Treng and Ratanakkiri Provinces.

Due to overfishing and habitat degradation, researchers suggest that the Mekong – 3S system is likely the last habitat for many fish species to breed in Cambodia.

Every year during the rainy season, the Mekong – 3S system produces billions of fish larvae for the Lower Mekong floodplains, especially the Tonle Sap Lake.

Therefore, if this last habitat is lost one day, and if fishers keep catching fish with eggs before they can reproduce, what will happen to these fish species in Cambodia? Please share this video to help raise awareness of the importance of protecting breeding fishes and their habitats.

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