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Global freshwater fish populations at risk of extinction, study finds

World’s Forgotten Fishes report lists pollution, overfishing and climate change as dangersFreshwater fish are under threat, with as many as a third of

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World’s Forgotten Fishes report lists pollution, overfishing and climate change as dangers

Freshwater fish are under threat, with as many as a third of global populations in danger of extinction, according to an assessment.

Populations of migratory freshwater fish have plummeted by 76% since 1970, and large fish – those weighing more than 30kg – have been all but wiped out in most rivers. The global population of megafish down by 94%, and 16 freshwater fish species were declared extinct last year.

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