Saving the world’s most endangered freshwater species by eradicating invasive animals

FRESHWATERS ARE IMPORTANT:

Freshwaters make up less than 1% of Earth, but are home to 10% of earth’s species and a third of all vertebrate species.

Freshwaters have about the same number of fish species as the world’s oceans, which are more than 70 times larger.

Freshwaters provide half of all wild food fish and are particularly important for the world’s poorest people.

Freshwater Life saving endangered species

Freshwaters are threatened

Freshwaters make up less than 1% of earth, but are home to 28% of Extinct species, like those pictured here, and 29% of Critically Endangered species.

FRESHWATERS

Freshwater Life statisics

Invasive species like these carp are responsible, at least in part, for 41% of all freshwater extinctions. But, they can be eradicated, after which, even species on the edge of extinction can make spectacular recoveries.

INVASIVE ERADICATION

The Endangered White-headed duck recovered in Laguna de Zóñar, Spain after invasive carp were eradicated. Numbers of 5 other water birds, including flamingos, also increased.

LAGUNA DE ZÓÑAR

Freshwater Life with carp and without carp

Invasive eradications can also benefit water quality for people and wildlife.

CARP

NO CARP

Freshwater Life saving endangered species

There are thousands of opportunities, like Laguna de Zóñar, to save threatened species from extinction and benefit people by eradicating invasive species.

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Freshwater Life Hooded Grebe

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