1 in 3 Freshwater Fish To Go EXTINCT

Freshwater ecosystems have been devastated in recent years. John Iadarola and Jayar Jackson break it down on The Damage Report.

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Read more here: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/freshwater-fish-catastrophic-extinction-endangered-species-climate-change/

"Thousands of fish species are facing "catastrophic" decline — threatening the health, food security and livelihoods of hundreds of millions of people around the world. New research shows that one-third of all freshwater fish now face extinction.

According to a report published Tuesday by 16 global conservation groups, 18,075 species of freshwater fish inhabit our oceans, accounting for over half of the world’s total fish species and a quarter of all vertebrates on Earth. This biodiversity is critical to maintaining not only the health of the planet, but the economic prosperity of communities worldwide.

About 200 million people across Asia, Africa and South America rely on freshwater fishers for their main source of protein, researchers said in "The World’s Forgotten Fishes" report. About one-third of those people also rely on them for their jobs and livelihoods.”

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