Dis­carded bot­tles save en­dan­gered fish

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - WORLD -

CAN­BERRA — En­dan­gered Aus­tralian fish have taken to seek refuge in dis­carded bot­tles in river beds, re­search pub­lished on Tues­day found.

The study, com­piled by the Com­mon­wealth Sci­en­tific and In­dus­trial Re­search Or­ga­ni­za­tion, found that dis­carded bot­tles at the bot­tom of Tas­ma­nia’s Der­went River were play­ing a key role in sav­ing the spot­ted hand­fish from ex­tinc­tion.

The hand­fish, which uses fins re­sem­bling hands to “walk” along the seabed, was the first marine species in the world to be listed as crit­i­cally en­dan­gered.

Tim Lynch, a re­searcher, said that dis­carded beer bot­tles had proved to be an ideal breed­ing lo­ca­tion for the fish af­ter their tra­di­tional breed­ing grounds were de­stroyed by man-made struc­tures and pest species such as seast­ars.

“The seast­ars can’t eat the bot­tles at least, and we of­ten find spot­ted hand­fish hiding be­hind dis­carded bot­tles,” Lynch said on Tues­day.

He said ar­ti­fi­cial habi­tats such as the bot­tles would be a large part of con­ser­va­tion ef­forts in the fu­ture.

FRAN­COIS LENOIR / REUTERS

Freshly laid eggs at a poul­try farm in Lun­teren, Nether­lands, on Mon­day.

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