Freshwater fish conservation: Bringing an obscure taxa to the public eye

Binoy V V   Rajeev Raghavan   Unmesh Katwate   Neelesh Dahanukar   Siby Philip   Basic • Freshwater, fish, conservation, Fish taxonomy, Fish behaviour, Fish genetics • 25 Seats • Short • Starts at 14:00 - 16:30 on DAY 4

Freshwater ecosystems and their biodiversity are one of the most endangered and poorly protected resources on Earth, with almost 1 in 3 species facing a high risk of extinction. Of the 5785 species of freshwater fish assessed for their conservation status by the IUCN, more than 36% are threatened, and over 60 species have gone extinct since 1500 AD. Despite these striking statistics, there is very limited awareness on freshwater conservation issues and they are often overlooked in conservation prioritisation mechanisms globally. Engaging students and early career researchers and improving their capacity to understand and find solutions to pressing conservation issues in freshwater systems is a global conservation priority.