Native fish released in the wild in Ho Chi Minh City
Wildlife at Risk has released more than 150 species of fish native to Vietnam in the Nhieu Loc Canal beneath the Dien Bien Phu 2 Bridge in Binh Thanh District. Some of the species include, the Three-lined Rasbora (Rasbora trilineata), Fighting Fish (Betta splendens) and Rasbora (Rasbora paviana). All of these fish were bred as part of a War programme that began in February 2010.
The programme aims to repopulate native fish in the wild and encourage locals to use native fish for aquariums. As part of the programme, more than 50 Three-lined Rasbora have been successfully bred and released into the wild for the first time. In addition, with WAR’s supports, more than 20 members of the 350.org Vietnam Campaign participated in the releasing of the fish.
To date, over 1,300 individuals of four native fish species have been released in tributaries of the Saigon River. WAR will continue to breed and release native species of fresh water fish and encourages anyone interested in buying native fish for aquariums to contact them.
Huyen Do Thi Thanh
Wildlife Education Manager
Wildlife at Risk (WAR)
202/10 Nguyen Xi St., Ward 26, Binh Thanh Dist., HCMC
Tel:08 3899 7314; Fax:08 3899 7316 Mobile: 0912287156
Wildlife At Risk (WAR) is dedicated to protecting the biodiversity of Vietnam by combating the illegal wildlife trade and promoting the conservation of endangered species and their habitats. Founded in 2003 in Vietnam, WAR focus on working in three areas including: Enforcement Programmes, Conservation Programmes and Wildlife Education Programmes.