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“The Amur Fish” Atlas has been published in Mongolia and Russia

20 june 2019
In the International Year of Salmon-2019, a unique publication “The Amur Fish” has come out in Vladivostok with support of WWF-Russia. The Mongolian Fish guidebook has been already published in English with support of WWF-Mongolia and another one is under preparation in China.

The Amur Ecoregion occupies 2.4 million km² within Russia, China and Mongolia and is of global importance for the preservation of the biodiversity of the planet. The transboundary Amur River is among ten largest rivers in the world. It has its headwaters in the Khenty Mountain Range in north-eastern Mongolia, where the Onon River originates and after the confluence with the Ingoda River form the Shilka River. The Amur River itself is formed by the confluence of the Shilka and Argun rivers in Zabaikalsky province of Russia, running through the territory of Russia and China, it flows into the Pacific Ocean. The length of the Amur River is more than 4,400 km, and its watershed exceeds the Yangtze, the Yellow River (Huang He) and the Mekong.

The Amur River basin is located on the borderline of several biogeographic zones, and has one-of-a-kind ichthyofauna diversity among the rivers of Russia. It is home to 139 fish species including migratory salmon and kaluga - the largest sturgeon species in the world.

The Amur Fish Atlas (Russian version)
The Amur Fish Atlas
“The detailed revision of the ichthyofauna of the Amur River had been carried out quite long time ago, and now it is almost impossible to find a publication that fully describes all the fish species living here. To fill this gap and make the information available to everyone, we initiated the work on creating an atlas-book. Specialists of the Far Eastern academic and fisheries institutions had been working on the “The Amur Fish” Atlas for several years. Since the Amur River basin is a transboundary area, we used the materials from our colleagues from WWF-Mongolia. Now we are engaged in translating the publication into English and refining the Chinese part of the Amur basin. A distinctive feature of the publication is that maps of home range were compiled for each fish species. Mapping was carried out basing on geographic information system (GIS). This allows to use information most widely, for example, to perform spatial analysis: assess the fishery management, assess threats when planning new hydraulic facilities on the river, highlight the most valuable watercourses for protection, - comments Evgeny Egidarev, PhD, project coordinator on protected areas of WWF-Russia Amur branch, senior research officer of the Pacific Institute of Geography, who prepared the maps for the publication.
The Amur Fish Atlas

The variety of fish species within the Amur River basin in Russia, Mongolia and China is similar in many ways. Therefore, during the preparation of the Amur Fish book in Russia and the "Guide book to Mongolian fishes", much work has been done on data verification.

WWF-Mongolia jointly developed the Fish guidebook of Mongolia with ichthyologists from Institute of Geo-Ecology, Mongolian Academy of Science and Severtsov Institute of Ecology and Evolution, Russian Academy of Science. In the guidebook, there are given a brief morphological description, biology, habitats, conservation status and distribution (range within Mongolia) of all species and sub species. 

«It’s great that the authors of "Guide book to Mongolian fishes" combined all fish species into one book and we are pleased to support the publication. An aim of this intention is very simple. The better understanding, the deeper passion. The deeper passion, the more effort in figuring out and approaching in a scientific way. The latest or the scientific approach is our way of working in environmental conservation. We wish that everyone approached in this way to the environmental conservation. May our readers have full of enthusiasm and motivation to protect the nature and environment and the authors of this publication feel at ease», – comments D. Batbold Country Director WWF-Mongolia.
The Guide Book to Mongolian Fish

The release of “The Amur Fish” Atlas has become one of the important events in the Year of Salmon in the Amur-Heilong Ecoregion. 

The Atlas about the Amur fish was published just in time, in the midst of the Year of the Salmon. Thanks to the work of our partners, a lot of people in the Amur Ecoregion know about our fish. After the release of a full-scale reference book on Amur fish we expect an additional increase of interest of our audience to salmon and other fish, as well as to the problems of their conservation, - comments Olga Cheblukova, project coordinator on protected areas of WWF-Russia Amur Branch, coordinator of the Year of Salmon in the Amur Ecoregion. – We used to see fish on the shop counter, on a plate, and people usually know little about the life of this fish in the wild. It is even more difficult to understand the specific features of fish and realize their uniqueness, take a liking. I hope, a new atlas will help the reader to do this.”

Both Russian and Mongolian publications can be used as an identification guide by a wide range of people. The information on the protection status and population size for all types of fish makes it useful for ecologists, ichthyologists, specialists in the field of biodiversity conservation and for fisheries specialists.

For additional information please contact
Project Coordinator of Protected Areas Unit, WWF Russia Amur Branch