A new assessment of fisheries has found that freshwater fish are under threat, with as many as a third of global populations in danger of extinction.

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Dave Tickner, WWF’s chief adviser on freshwater, says: “Freshwater habitats are some of the most vibrant on earth, but they are in catastrophic decline. The UK is no exception – wildlife struggles to survive, let alone thrive, in our polluted waters.”

The WWF called on the UK government to back an emergency recovery plan for rivers and waterways. Ticker says, “That means proper enforcement of existing laws, strengthening protections in the environment bill to put UK nature on the path to recovery, and championing a strong set of global targets for recovery of nature, including rivers.”

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