The scientific name of the Mekong giant catfish is Pangasianodon Gigas and
is on the critically endangered species made by the IUCN
(the World Conservation Union, meaning that it has a high
extinction risk in the wild. This
rare specimen found in the Chiang Khong district is
the largest one of all recorded in Thailand.
According to Hogan, these big species are not enough
studied and urgently need protection.
Being so rare
in so many places, there are few chances for a full
documentation and the study can be lost soon.
Fisheries officials’ hope was to strip the Thailand
catfish of its eggs and then to release it but the
April and May is the period when this
giant Mekong fish can be caught in the Chiang Khong
district because it is the time of their running
upstream to the spawning grounds.
countries like Laos and Thailand fishing giant
Thailand catfish is a long tradition, in the
North-East of Thailand being some cave paintings of