Kathmandu. The world’s largest freshwater fish has been found in the Mekong River in Cambodia. The catfish found in the river weighs 300 kg.
Earlier, in 2005, the 293 kg catfish found in the Mekong River in Thailand was the largest freshwater fish in the world.
However, there is no official database of the world’s largest freshwater fish.
The Mekong, known as the international river of Asia, is considered to be very rich in terms of biodiversity. However, due to excessive fishing, high water pollution and dams, the ecological cycle of fish in the river is in crisis.
The Mekong River, which originates in Tibet, flows through China, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam.
According to Jeb Hogan, a biologist who has been studying fish in the Mekong River for the past 20 years, the 300-pound fish found in Cambodia is by far the largest freshwater fish found on earth’s rivers, lakes, etc.
On June 13, a local fisherman on Cambodia’s Koh Preh Island reported to researchers that he had caught a fish 3.98 meters long and 2.2 meters wide. The researchers then measured the fish. From which the weight of the fish was found to be 300 kg. They have tagged the fish and released it back into the river to study its future activities.