Escaped fish threaten endangered wild sturgeon
The endangered purebred Chinese wild sturgeon in China’s longest river – the Yangtze – could face a heightened threat of extinction as a result of nearly 10,000 tons of foreign and hybrid sturgeon being washed out of a breeding facility in heavy water flows.
After a reservoir opened a slice to release floodwater on July 19, the foreign and hybrid were killed or escaped to the middle and lower reaches of the river. Scientists worry that the hybrid and foreign species may now interbreed with the wild sturgeon in the river.
Purebred Chinese sturgeon date to 140 million years ago. The population of adult purebred Chinese sturgeons was estimated at about 100 at the end of last year, compared with 10,000 in the 1970s, according to a protection plan for the fish released by the State Forestry Administration.
National Day bookings for travel to US surge
Bookings for travel to the US during China’s National Day holiday, from Oct 1 to 7, are triple the number from last year, according to a report.
The increase is a result of beneficial tourism policies adopted by both China and the US, according to lvmama.com, a major online travel booking platform.
Such factors as the mutual approval of visas allowing multiple entries within 10 years and the launch of new direct flights between the two countries are also making a difference, according to Ctrip.