Fish and Marine species profiles
Threats to marine life
Fish and other marine species are threatened by many things like bycatch, illegal trade, overfishing, climate change, habitat destruction, and pollution. These threats are pushing some species to the brink of extinction and have already led to the collapse of fishing stocks.
Learn more about these threats and WWF's work to address them.
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Giant catfish (Pangasianodon gigas)
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Giant freshwater stingray or Freshwater whipray (Himantura chaophraya). The disk of this fish measured 202cm and 413cm from the tip of its nose to the end of its tail. Himantura chaophraya may be the largest species of freshwater fish in the world. More species of giant fish occur in the Mekong River than in any other river on earth. Populations of the giant stingray and other large-bodied Mekong fish are in decline.