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Some Freshwater Aquatic Species May Become Extinct
The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has warned that freshwater fish are the most threatened group in peninsular India, with more than 37% at risk of global extinction. For example, the endangered Decann Mahseer, one of the most sought-after edible fish has declined massively in the past decade; in part to over-harvesting, invasive, and pollution. Miss Kerala, another edible variety of fish is also in the same predicament.

According to Sanjay Molur, executive director, Zoo Outreach Organization; water pollution from agricultural and urban sources; over-harvesting, and invasive species were the major threats that have led to 16% of freshwater species becoming extinct. It’s not just fish either, 28% of aquatic plants have medicinal values and these have started becoming extinct as well.

 
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