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Aquatic, wildlife conservation heralded, 45m fish released

The nation’s rivers are set to swell with the release of some 45 million juvenile fish for National Aquatic Animal and Wildlife Conservation Day as well as to commemorate the anniversary of President Souphanouvong’s birth.
The dual event is set to instil consciousness to children and society to understand the importance of aquatic animals and wildlife as well as the nation’s history.

Fish releases to national rivers aim to mobilise people to conserve and protect nature.
The event also provides a chance to remember the great virtues and results of the works of President Souphanouvong in the revolutionary struggle.
Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Dr Lien Thikeo spoke to local media in a press conference at Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry on Wednesday.
He said at a ceremony for fish release into Namhoum reservoir in Naxaithong district, Vientiane would be held for the occasion of national aquatic animal and wildlife day.
The event sees cooperation between the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry in cooperation with Vientiane authorities.
Meanwhile, Agriculture and Forestry Departments across the country also have planned to releases fish in other natural rivers including Mekong River as well as lakes and reservoirs in the provinces.
Aquatic animals and wildlife are essential to maintain the abundance and equilibrium of natural ecosystems and also hold potential for socio-economic development, Dr Lien said said.
It is right for the Lao people to sustainably use natural resources in production and everyday living to upgrade the quality of life, he said. 
In addition, Laos is one of the countries that have an abundance of natural resources.
There are more than 500 kinds of native fish and forests in Laos are also home to rare and endangered wildlife species found nowhere else in the world, Dr Lien said.
The Lao government has been crafting policy and laws for natural resource management and aquatic animal and wildlife protection.
The law on fisheries promotes raising, conservation, protection, development and propagation while curbing potential damage to aquatic animal and wildlife habitats, he said.
Currently, Laos has 32 state-operated locations for breeding fingerlings (baby fish) and more than 50 fingerling farms owned by private firms or individuals also support variety up to some 18 species of native fish, according to Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry.
Currently, aquatic animal and wildlife conservation has increased nationwide.
Each year fish release ceremonies are attended by leaders, officials, students, Buddhist and international organisations.
The fish release numbers have seen increases.
In 2015 the authorities released about 35 million fingerlings, in 2016 released approximately 40 million and released 43 million last year. Meanwhile, Laos has more than 1,000 conservation areas to a total of about 60,800 hectares, Dr Lien said.

By Times Reporters
(Latest Update
July 13,

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