Last update 3/6/2012 10:35:00 AM (GMT+7)

200 native fish released into wild

VietNamNet Bridge – More than 200 native rasbora (Rasbora paviana) and fighting fish (Betta splendens) were released last Sunday into Cau Do Canal in HCM City's Binh Thanh District, a tributary of the Sai Gon River.

Twenty students from universities in the city participated in releasing the native fish species. They also received some fish to raise at home.

The fish had been bred as part of a programme on "Breeding and releasing native fish into the wild," implemented by the non-profit organisation Wildlife At Risk (WAR).

The programme aims to re-populate native fish species and encourage locals to use native fish for aquariums.

Over the past year, more than 750 rasbora and fighting fish were released into tributaries of the Sai Gon River.­

* Mekong giant catfish habitats protected

A project costing US$ 340,000 has been started to protect the habitats of aquatic creatures in the Lang Sen Wetland Reserve in the southern province of Long An, according to HCM City National University's Institute of Environment and Natural Resources.

The project, funded by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), is aimed at preserving and restoring the ecosystem of aquatic creatures, particularly fish species from the Mekong River such as the giant barb and the Mekong giant catfish. It will run until the end of 2014.

A foreign agency has committed to invest more than $100,000 to protect the wetland reserve.

VietNamNet/Viet Nam News