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  The Lord Geekington: Megafishes: The Chinese Paddlefish
There was a recent report of a captured paddlefish, but it was in fact a sturgeon, see here for info (and rare pictures).
I assume that chinese paddle fish are used as paddles, perhaps in canoes.
Well, paddlefish are not really introduced in Europe, but as well as many species of sturgeons, they can be bought for commercial fish-breeding ponds (or just for fun if you have a pond laaaarge enough) besides typical fish like carps for example.
cameronmccormick.blogspot.com /2007/07/megafishes-chinese-paddlefish.html   (2845 words)

  
  StrangeArk: Illegal fishermen kill rare giant fish in China
Paddlefish are not closely related to sharks, but they do share some common characteristics including a skeleton primarily composed of cartilage, and a deeply forked, abbreviate heterocercal tail fin (the top fin lobe is slightly larger than the lower fin lobe).
Paddlefish are one of the oldest fish according to fossil records, pre-dating the dinosaurs.
The Chinese paddlefish was the largest of its kind seen in six years, with very few sightings of the species in its native habitats of the Yangtze and Qiantang rivers recorded recently, Xinhua news agency said.
www.strangeark.com /blog/2007/01/illegal-fishermen-kill-rare-giant-fish.html   (475 words)

  
  CHINESE PADDLEFISH : Encyclopedia Entry
The Chinese Paddlefish (Simplified Chinese: 白鲟; Traditional Chinese: 白鱘; pinyin: báixún), also known as Chinese Swordfish, is among the largest freshwater fish, and one of two extant paddlefish species.
Due to overfishing, the Chinese Paddlefish is endangered now, and officially recognized by the People's Republic in 1983 to prevent fishing of paddlefish young or adults.
Paddlefish are also threatened by dams (like the Three Gorges Dam), which divide the population into isolated groups.
www.bibleocean.com /OmniDefinition/Chinese_paddlefish   (244 words)

  
 Paddlefish - frequently asked questions
Paddlefish can be distinguished from other freshwater fish by the presence of a very large mouth, and a long, paddle-shaped snout (called a rostrum) that is about one third the length of the body.
Paddlefish are not closely related to sharks, but they do share some common characteristics including a skeletonprimarily composed of cartilage, and a deeply forked, abbreviate heterocercal tail fin (the top fin lobe is slightly larger than the lower fin lobe).
Paddlefish are one of the oldest fishes, with fossil records dating their first appearance at 300 to 400 million years ago (about 50 million years before the first dinosaurs appeared).
www.umesc.usgs.gov /aquatic/fish/paddlefish/faq.html   (557 words)

  
 Paddlefish - Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks
Paddlefish skin is tough, smooth and scaleless, except for the upper lobe of the tail, where a trace of primitive diamond-shaped scales are found.
Paddlefish are among the largest freshwater fish: The largest on record was speared in Lake Okoboji, Iowa in 1916.
All Paddlefish anglers, regardless of age, must purchase and have in their possession paddlefish tags in addition to other licenses that may be required.
fwp.mt.gov /fishing/fishingmontana/brochure_paddlefish.html   (2756 words)

  
 Paddlefish - Discover The Outdoors   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-28)
Paddlefish are easily identified, because of the broad, flat, bill-like snout, which can be almost half the length of their body.
Paddlefish tend to stay in shallow water or near the surface in the downstream side of islands or sandbars.
Paddlefish are sought by anglers, for their good tasting white meat and for their eggs that make excellent caviar.
www.discovertheoutdoors.com /fwfishing/species/generalprofile.jsp?speciesid=323   (482 words)

  
 paddlefish - HighBeam Encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-28)
The snout may be a third of the length of the body; it is equipped with sense organs that assist the fish in finding its prey of small crustaceans, which it strains out with gill rakers (see gill).
Paddlefishes are primitive; unlike most modern fishes, they have skins with reduced scales, almost wholly cartilaginous skeletons, and upturned tail fins.
Paddlefishes are classified in the phylum Chordata, subphylum Vertebrata, class Osteichthyes, order Acipenseriformes, family Polyodontidae.
www.encyclopedia.com /doc/1E1-paddlefi.html   (545 words)

  
 Paddlefish FAQs - Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-28)
Paddlefish are found throughout the Missouri and Mississippi River basins, which drain most of the central United States.
Paddlefish inhabit waters in twenty-two states, with Montana being the western-most part of the fish's range.
After this flow is reached, the paddlefish ready to spawn that year move out of the reservoir and are available in the river for snagging.
fwp.mt.gov /fishing/fishingmontana/brochure_paddlefish_FAQ.html   (2084 words)

  
 ipedia.com: Chinese paddlefish Article   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-28)
Chinese Paddlefish, also known as Chinese Swordfish, is the world's largest freshwater fish, one of the two existent paddlefish species.
Chinese Paddlefish (Traditional: 白鱘; Simplified: 白鲟; Pinyin: Báixún) (Psephurus gladius), also known as Chinese Swordfish, is the world's largest freshwater fish, one of the two existent paddlefish species.
Due to overfishing, Chinese Paddlefish is endangered now, and officially recognized by the People's Republic in 1983 to prevent fishing of the paddlefish's young or adult.
www.ipedia.com /chinese_paddlefish.html   (255 words)

  
 SuccessLink   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-28)
Paddlefish are called strainers as they strain tiny animals or zooplankton from the waters in which they live.
Paddlefish must spawn in silt-free gravel bars that are flooded during spring rains.
Paddlefish are a protected species because their numbers are so low and because of their rarity throughout the world.
successlink.org /gti/gti_lesson.asp?lid=3903   (967 words)

  
 Captured Chinese Paddlefish Dies
A rare Chinese paddlefish, accidentally captured in the Yangtze River on December 11 died on Thursday, a senior official in the Fishery Bureau of Agricultural Ministry has confirmed.
With conditions continuously worsening in the Yangtze River, Guo said, the Chinese paddlefish had been on the verge of extinction and unseen for decades.
According to the local fishermen, one or two paddlefish were captured by chance in the 1960s, but only weighted two or three kilograms.
www.china.org.cn /english/environment/53224.htm   (289 words)

  
 Exploring Chinese History :: Special Reports :: The Three Gorges Dam Project
Chinese journalist/engineer Dai Qing published a book relentlessly criticizing the project by the Chinese scientists, yet many foreign construction companies continued to press their governments to financially support the construction in hopes of winning contracts.
The Chinese River Dolphin and the Chinese Paddlefish, for example, are on the edge of extinction and will lose habitat and suffer divided populations due to the dam.
That is when millions of Chinese across the country switch on their air conditioners to cool down during the baking heat.
www.ibiblio.org /chinesehistory/contents/07spe/specrep01.html   (10308 words)

  
 News Tribune   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-28)
Although nowhere near as large as its Asian cousin, the paddlefish nevertheless is one of Missouri's largest fish, regularly tipping the scales at over 100 pounds.
Paddlefish stocking sustains the species in rivers and reservoirs where it can no longer survive on its own.
Paddlefish snaggers tie heavy weights on the end of heavy fishing line, with large, three-pointed hooks tied a foot or two up the line.
www.newstribune.com /articles/2005/03/10/sports/0310050020.txt   (862 words)

  
 SC&E Students - Nicole Smith
In the early 1990s MICRA formed the Paddlefish Committee with a primary objective of managing sustained fishing of the paddlefish in states where it is numerous enough to be fished and to sustain the species where it is protected.
According to Reed, paddlefish propagated and released as fingerlings 8–16 inches long are implanted with a coded wire tag (CWT) that is so small, 1 ml long and 1/3 mm in diameter, that it can be found only with a $10,000 handheld detector comparable to those used in airports.
Paddlefish are easy to recognize because of their very distinctive “nose,” known as a rostrum.
www.sce.lsu.edu /c&e_people_students_nicole.htm   (1325 words)

  
 China Invests Heavily To Protect Sturgeons   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-28)
The Yibin section of the Yangtze river is a haven for Chinese sturgeon and paddlefish to spawn in spring.
Paddlefish and Chinese sturgeon are dubbed "living fossils" of the Yangtze River and are under top protection in China, just like giant pandas.
Meanwhile, the country built a nature reserve along the 400-kilometer section of the upper reaches of the Yangtze River in April, 2000 to protect rare fish that inhabit the waters between Leibo and Hejiang counties.
www.flmnh.ufl.edu /fish/InNews/sturgeons2004.html   (320 words)

  
 News   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-28)
  The administration received a report on Thursday from a fishing station at the river mouth that a Chinese paddlefish, an extremely rare species, was seriously wounded.
  "The paddlefish was transported to a residence base for the Chinese Paddlefish in Jiading District of Shanghai," said Liu.
  Earlier this month, a 3.6-meter, 250 kilogram Chinese paddlefish died from injuries inflicted by two illegal fishing boats at the Yangtze River stretch in central China 's Hubei province.
www.panda.org.cn /english/news/n156.htm   (234 words)

  
 Paddlefsih
The newspaper reporter evidently made an error and the fish is a sturgeon which is rare, but not as rare as a paddlefish.
The last Chinese paddlefish captured was in January 25, 2003 and it was released with a radio transmitter into the Yangtze River.
The Chinese paddlefish and the American paddlefish have cartilege skeletons as do sharks, rays and sturgeons.
www.capachi.com /paddlefish.htm   (471 words)

  
 USFWS/ NFPP: CHIPPEWA RIVER PADDLEFISH, WISCONSIN   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-28)
However, seasonal migratory movements of paddlefish from this drainage to the nearby lower St. Croix River (another UMR tributary) are hindered by Lock and Dam 3 on the UMR.
Opportunities for paddlefish to swim past UMR Lock and Dam 3 are limited by the existing design and operation of this aid to navigation.
Consequently, opportunities for natural gene flow among paddlefish that typically reside in nearby tributaries located upstream (i.e., the lower St. Croix River) and downstream (i.e., the lower Chippewa River) of Lock and Dam 3 have been substantially reduced since this facility commenced operations in 1938.
www.fws.gov /fisheries/FWMA/fishpassage/R3/R3ChippewaRiver.htm   (361 words)

  
 The Virtual Aquarium of Virginia Tech--Paddlefish
A close relative of the stugeon, only one species of paddlefish is native to waters of the Mississippi River in the United States.
Dams have caused a sharp decline in paddlefish distribution and abundance in the United States.
Snagging paddlefish with base hooks when the congregate below dams on their spring spawning runs is a popular in some areas of the country.
www.cnr.vt.edu /efish/families/polyodontidae.html   (159 words)

  
 FI - Species fact sheets
Within the Yangtze River, the Chinese paddlefish were commonly found in the mainstream.Probably anadromous.It is a highly predaceous fish, feeding primarily on small, water-column fishes (including members of the engraulid genus
The paddlefish spawning sites has been described in the Jinsha River, a tributary of the upper Yangtze, as 500 mm in length, consisting of muddy and sand in the upper part and gravel or cobble below.
Now, the Chinese paddlefish is on the verge of extinction and its artificial propagation has not been successful.
www.fao.org /fi/website/FIRetrieveAction.do?dom=species&fid=14620   (731 words)

  
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Necessary adjustment may be made in the limits of the CPNR according to the situations of the silting up of the mudflat, the distribution of Chinese paddlefish, and the change of their activities.
In case losses of property are incurred because of protecting and rescuing the Chinese paddlefish or other rare or endangered wild aquatic animal, the party concerned may apply to the SMAOCPNR for compensation, the SMAOCPNR shall grant appropriate compensation according to relevant provision after finding convincing reason upon investigation.
The SMAOCPNR shall conduct in the CPNR the survey of the natural resources of the Chinese paddlefish and the monitoring of the environment, and make regular inspection of the law of activity, the number of population, and the way of life of the Chinese paddlefish.
www.shanghai.gov.cn /shanghai/node8059/Rules&Laws/node15382/userobject6ai1466.html   (1328 words)

  
 Chinese paddlefish dies in illegal fishing
A Chinese paddlefish has died from injuries inflicted by two illegal fishing boats in central China's Hubei province, local wild animal protection authorities said on Thursday.
The endangered Chinese paddlefish has been dubbed "the giant panda of the rivers" as it too lives only in China.
A scientific research team organized by the Chinese government in 2002 searched for traces of paddlefish along the Yangtze River but found no evidence of its existence in the wild.
www.chinadaily.com.cn /china/2007-01/12/content_781972.htm   (277 words)

  
 Caudata.org Newt and Salamander Forum: Giant Salamanders   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-28)
The campaign will focus on illegal hunting and the trading of rare and endangered aquatic wild animals including the Chinese sturgeon, giant salamander and sea turtle, said officials from the Fishery Bureau under the Ministry of Agriculture.
Managers later admitted the claim about its nutritional value was just promotional spiel, but according to the Chinese traditional medicine bible Compendium of Materia Medica, eating salamanders keeps hair jet fl, and boosts longevity and immunity.
Judging from the description of its size, it is likely to be a Chinese giant salamander, which can grow to a metre in length.
www.caudata.org /forum/messages/13/5507.html?1059130626   (870 words)

  
 Yangtze! Yangtze! - Chapter Nineteen - The Three Gorges Project: An Enormous Environmental Disaster
Because of changes in the river-bed after the completion of the reservoir, the quantities of fish would be reduced, eventually resulting in decreased output.
In fact, since the Gezhouba dam was built, dead Chinese paddlefish have been discovered at the base of the dam.
The Tehri dam in India, which would have required the relocation of 50,000 people, the submergence of ancient towns, the possibility of induced landslides as a result of deforestation, and serious sedimentation problems, was halted because of mass protests.
www.threegorgesprobe.org /pi/documents/three_gorges/Yangtze/ch19.html   (2946 words)

  
 Chinese Paddlefish Dies in Illegal Fishing - Science - RedOrbit
WUHAN, Jan. 11 (Xinhua) -- A Chinese paddlefish has died from injuries inflicted by two illegal fishing boats in central China's Hubei province, local wild animal protection authorities said on Thursday.
The endangered Chinese paddlefish has been dubbed "the giant panda of the rivers" as it too lives only in China.
A scientific research team organized by the Chinese government in 2002 searched for traces of paddlefish along the Yangtze River but found no evidence of its existence in the wild.
www.redorbit.com /news/science/812518/chinese_paddlefish_dies_in_illegal_fishing/index.html?source=r_science   (278 words)

  
 World's Largest River Fish Feared Extinct   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-28)
Wei is one of China's foremost experts on the Chinese paddlefish, a leviathan that reportedly can grow 23 feet (7 meters) long and weigh half a ton.
He and other experts fear that even if individual paddlefish are found in the Yangtze, the species itself, if unable to reproduce, could be on an irreversible path to extinction.
The Chinese paddlefish is also known as the elephant fish, because its long snout resembles an elephant's trunk.
news.nationalgeographic.com /news/2007/07/070726-china-fish.html   (343 words)

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