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 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

Photo: Jacques Jangoux

Freshwater Life saving endangered species

Photo: Jacques Jangoux

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

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.

Freshwater Life Saving Endangered Species

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

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Freshwater Life Graphr

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.

Photo: Pixabay

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.

Photo: Pixabay

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.

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.

Freshwater Life Clean Lake

LAGUNA DE ZÓÑAR

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Freshwater Life Graphr

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

NO CARP

CARP

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

Photo: Juan Antonio Reynoso Moran

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons

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ZEMPOALA AXOLOTL

Photo: Juan Antonio Reynoso Moran

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AMAMI OSHIMA FROG

Cutthroat Trout

Photo: Shawn Miller

CUTTHROAT TROUT

Cutthroat Trout

Photo: William Hughes

OWENS PUPFISH

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Photo: CA Dept. Fish and Wildlife

MADAGASCAR GREBE

Photo: eBird

MADAGASCAR GREBE

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Photo: eBird

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