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August 16, 2006
Thai fishery department officials harvest eggs from a Mekong giant catfish at the Inland Aquaculture...
Bangkok, Thailand
Thai fishery department officials harvest eggs from a Mekong giant catfish at the Inland Aquaculture...
Thai fishery department officials harvest eggs from a Mekong giant catfish at the Inland Aquaculture Research Institute, in the Bangsai district of Ayutthaya, 80 km (50 miles) outside Bangkok August 16, 2006. The eggs will be fertilized with the sperm from a male giant catfish as part of the Thai fishery department's captive breeding programme started in 2004. This catfish specie is one of the world's largest freshwater fish -- growing up to 3 metres and 300 kg (660 lbs) -- and is considered critically endangered. It is native to the Mekong region and a range of conservation initiatives for the giant fish is being carried out by the fishery departments of Thailand, Cambodia and Laos. REUTERS/Sukree Sukplang (THAILAND )
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