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Fish Biodiversity Conservation and Restoration, Yangtze River Basin, China, Urgently Needs ‘Scientific’ and ‘Ecological’ Action

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Key Laboratory of Yangtze Water Environment, Ministry of Education, Tongji University, Shanghai 200092, China
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Fujian Provincial Engineering Research Center of Rural Waste Recycling Technology, College of Environment and Resources, Fuzhou University, Fuzhou 350108, China
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Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University, Canberra, ACT 2601, Australia
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College of Environmental Science and Engineering, Guilin University of Technology, Guilin 541004, China
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Department of Urban and Environmental Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering, Kyushu University, Fukuoka 819-0395, Japan
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Key Laboratory of Groundwater Resources and Environment (Ministry of Education), Jilin University, Changchun 130021, China
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Water 2020, 12(11), 3043; https://doi.org/10.3390/w12113043
Received: 23 September 2020 / Revised: 26 October 2020 / Accepted: 27 October 2020 / Published: 29 October 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Ecology and Conservation of Freshwater Fishes Biodiversity)
Although many significant policies and legislation have been put forth by the Chinese government aiming toward “ecological civilization” for the aquatic environment, in practice, the situation is still undesirable. A pioneering multi-year study has since been conducted on the East Tiaoxi River (a major tributary of the renowned Yangtze River), focusing on fish distribution, influencing factors and habitat requirements, and river health as well. This revealed certain key species, hotspot protection areas, negative impacts of local anthropogenic activities, and inappropriate perceptions and practices of conservation and restoration. We found that not all fish species were equally conserved and that the supposedly ecological engineering measures were initiated without regard for ecological integrity. Our exemplary study appreciates scientific basis and truly ecological notion, and urgently advocates comprehensive and continuous basin-scale scientific investigation of fish biodiversity, and “ecological river”-oriented conservation and restoration action for the Yangtze River Basin and broader areas of China. View Full-Text
Keywords: conservation; ecological integrity; fish biodiversity; restoration; river basin management; Yangtze River conservation; ecological integrity; fish biodiversity; restoration; river basin management; Yangtze River
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Li, J.; Chen, X.; Zhang, X.; Huang, Z.; Xiao, L.; Huang, L.; Kano, Y.; Sato, T.; Shimatani, Y.; Zhang, C. Fish Biodiversity Conservation and Restoration, Yangtze River Basin, China, Urgently Needs ‘Scientific’ and ‘Ecological’ Action. Water 2020, 12, 3043. https://doi.org/10.3390/w12113043

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Li J, Chen X, Zhang X, Huang Z, Xiao L, Huang L, Kano Y, Sato T, Shimatani Y, Zhang C. Fish Biodiversity Conservation and Restoration, Yangtze River Basin, China, Urgently Needs ‘Scientific’ and ‘Ecological’ Action. Water. 2020; 12(11):3043. https://doi.org/10.3390/w12113043

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Li, Jianhua; Chen, Xiaochen; Zhang, Xinliang; Huang, Zhenjia; Xiao, Liang; Huang, Liangliang; Kano, Yuichi; Sato, Tatsuro; Shimatani, Yukihiro; Zhang, Chunpeng. 2020. "Fish Biodiversity Conservation and Restoration, Yangtze River Basin, China, Urgently Needs ‘Scientific’ and ‘Ecological’ Action" Water 12, no. 11: 3043. https://doi.org/10.3390/w12113043

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