Phnom Penh: The largest freshwater fish ever caught in the world was caught in the Mekong River in Cambodia. The Sting Ray (Atavalan Thirandi) caught on June 13 is considered to be the largest freshwater fish.
It is about 13 feet long and weighs 300 kilograms from nose to tail, according to the Cambodian-US joint research project Wonders of the Mekong. The previous record holder for freshwater fish was 293 kilograms of mekong giant catfish found in Thailand in 2005.
The giant sting ray was caught by a fisherman south of the Stung Trench in northeastern Cambodia. Scientists from the Wonders of the Mekong project also arrived on the scene after learning of the incident. The fisherman was reportedly paid about $ 600.
The Mekong River flows through China, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. There are many giant freshwater fish here. However, scientists say that environmental problems are on the rise and that the construction of the dam, which is set to begin in recent years, could seriously affect fish stocks.