BANGKOK (AP) – The world’s largest recorded freshwater fish, a giant mackerel, was caught in the Mekong River in Cambodia, according to scientists from the nation of Southeast Asia and the United States.
The bun, which was arrested on June 13, weighed nearly four meters (13 feet) from muzzle to tail and weighed just under 300 pounds (660 pounds), according to a statement Monday from the Wonders of the Mekong, a public Cambodia-US research project.
The previous record for a freshwater fish was a 293-pound (646-pound) giant Mekong catfish, discovered in Thailand in 2005, the team said.
The bobbin was grabbed by a local fisherman south of Stung Treng in northeastern Cambodia. The fisherman alerted a nearby team of scientists from the Wonders of the Mekong project, which has made public its conservation project in communities along the river.
The scientists arrived within hours after receiving a midnight call with the news and were surprised by what they saw.
“Yes, when you see a fish of this size, especially in freshwater, it’s hard to understand, so I think our whole team was surprised,” Wonders of the Mekong leader Zeb Hogan told the university in an online interview. of Nevada in Reno. The university works with the Cambodian Fisheries Administration and USAID, the US government’s international development agency.
Freshwater fish are defined as those that spend their entire lives in freshwater, as opposed to giant marine species such as bluefin tuna and marlin, or freshwater and saltwater fish such as the giant beluga sturgeon.
Tsabouka’s arrest was not just about setting a new record, he said.
“The fact that the fish can still grow so big is a promising sign for the Mekong River,” Hogan said, noting that the waterway faces many environmental challenges.
The Mekong River crosses China, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. It is home to many species of freshwater giant fish, but environmental pressures are mounting. In particular, scientists fear that a large dam project in recent years could seriously disrupt breeding grounds.
“The world’s largest fish are in danger of extinction. They are items of high value. They need a lot of time to mature. “So if they are fished before they mature, they do not have the opportunity to reproduce,” Hogan said. “Many of these large fish are migratory, so they need large areas to survive. They are affected by things like habitat fragmentation by dams, obviously influenced by overfishing. Thus, about 70% of the world’s freshwater giant fish are threatened with extinction and all Mekong species.
The team that rushed to the site put a marker near the tail of the mighty fish before releasing it. The device will send tracking information for next year, providing unprecedented data on the behavior of giant ticks in Cambodia.
“The giant miser is a very misunderstood fish. “His name, even his scientific name, has changed several times in the last 20 years,” Hogan said. “It’s all over Southeast Asia, but we have almost no information about it. We do not know about his life story. We do not know about his ecology, about his immigration habits “.
Researchers say it is the fourth giant tick reported in the same area in the past two months, all female. They believe this may be a spawning hotspot for the species.
The locals nicknamed it “Boramy” or “full moon” because of its round shape and because the moon was on the horizon when it was released on June 14. In addition to the record-breaking price, The Lucky Fisherman was compensated with the purchase rate, which means he received a payment of about $ 600.