The World Conservation Union Red List of 2007 placed freshwater fish as the most threatened of vertebrates. Of the nearly 2,500 freshwater fishes assessed, over 1,000 were listed as critically endangered, endangered or vulnerable. The primary danger to fresh water fish is destruction of wetlands, which according to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is caused to a great extent by intensive agriculture as well as industrial development.
Our appreciation, World Conservation Union, for this timely alert. As stewards of the Earth, may this serve as a reminder of our responsibility to preserve the vital freshwater fish and all of God’s creations.