The Chinese paddlefish had been on the critically endangered list since 1996. Photo: Handout

Chinese paddlefish, native to the Yangtze River, declared extinct by scientists

  • One of the world’s biggest freshwater fish species, growing up to 7 metres long, is believed to have died out between 2005 and 2010
  • Dam-building, overfishing, busy water traffic and pollution have taken a toll on the river, where a 10-year fishing ban took effect on Wednesday
Topic |   China science

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The Chinese paddlefish had been on the critically endangered list since 1996. Photo: Handout
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Alice Yan

Alice Yan

Alice Yan is a Shanghai-based social and medical news reporter. She started her journalism career in 2003 and has degrees in economics and public administration. Her Twitter account is @TingYanalice