Artificially-bred sturgeons released in Yangtze River
2018-04-16 16:37:00

In the city of Yichang in central China’s Hubei Province, 500 artificially-bred sturgeons were released into the Yangtze River on Saturday.

These are as ancient as dinosaurs, and have existed for more than 140 million years.

Nearly 1,000 people from various organizations came to offer a hand in setting these creatures free.

“I will tell people around me that we shouldn’t fish for Chinese sturgeons and that we should protect them,” said Yang Shang Hongyang, an elementary school student, volunteered to help with the release

Chinese sturgeons are one of the oldest fish in the world. /CGTN Photo

Wild Chinese sturgeons are nearly extinct since many of their spawning grounds have been blocked by dams and water projects in China. It’s a species that is more endangered than the panda.

Since the 1980s, China has been making efforts to save endangered fish, as hundreds of captive-bred sturgeons are being released to the Yangtze River every year.

Source: CGTN Editor: Hiram