Ho Chi Minh City, 21st March, 2013 – About 200 individuals of Fighting Fish and Three-lined Rasbora were released to Ben Cat River- a tributary of Sai Gon River in Binh Thanh District. This number adds up to 1500 individuals of native fishes those have been released back to the wild since March 2011 by WAR. These fishes were bred in the programme titled “Breeding and releasing native fishes back to the wild” that was started in February 2010 by WAR, aiming to raise awareness of the public on native species conservation and to contribute directly to the City biodiversity.
Twenty students from four different universities in Ho Chi Minh City including University of Science, University of Economic, Marketing University and University of Agriculture and Forestry actively registered and participated in the releasing activity. The students excitingly learnt and discussed on how to take care of these fishes and how the activity contributes to biodiversity conservation. After releasing fishes, some students received Rasbora and Fighting Fishes for their aquariums at home.“Four native fish species have been successfully bred and released in this programme including Fighting Fish, Three-lined Rasbora, Rasbora and Croaking Gourami. WAR is now conducting further researches in order to breed and release more native fresh water fish species to the wild”, saidMr. Manh Bui Huu, Senior Conservation Officer – WAR.WAR is willing to provide technical supports and native fishes for any local people and students who are interested in raising and releasing native fishes.Please see more photos of this releasing activity here