Save the World’s Forgotten Fish From Extinction

Target: The Honorable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Environment and Climate Change

Goal: Protect vulnerable freshwater fish from decline and destroyed environments.

Of all freshwater fish species in the world, nearly a third are threatened by extinction. The extraordinary variety of over 18,000 freshwater fish species is essential to the health of the world’s rivers, lakes and wetlands, but continues to be undervalued and overlooked.

Freshwater fish are a crucial part of their ecosystems. They regulate food web dynamics, nutrient balances and sediment processes, are an active link between ecosystems, and function as bioindicators.

The biodiversity in freshwater is declining twice as fast as it is in forests and oceans. In 2020 alone 16 species have been declared extinct. The forgotten freshwater fish face extermination because they are not considered into development decisions about hydropower dams or water use or building on floodplains. Additionally, freshwater fish are also at risk from invasive non-native species, overfishing, the devastating effects of climate change, unsustainable sand mining, and wildlife crime. Freshwater ecosystems and their inhabitants are further threatened by habitat destruction, water use for irrigation, and domestic, agricultural and industrial pollution.

Fortunately, the WWF designed an emergency recovery plan to bend the curve of the declining fish population. Sign this petition to urge Canada to implement the WWF-led Emergency Recovery Plan for freshwater biodiversity.


Dear Honorable Jonathan Wilkinson,

The biodiversity in freshwater is threatened by humans’ careless behavior. We continue to disregard fish and their importance to the environment with devastating consequences for our rivers, lakes, and wetlands.

Already a third of all freshwater fish are threatened with extinction, and the year 2020 alone saw 16 species vanish from the planet.

There is a long list of threats endangering fish including overfishing, wildlife crime, and domestic, agricultural and industrial pollution. To save our precious ecosystems in our freshwater the WWF presented an emergency recovery plan.

You must seize the opportunity of the global biodiversity agreement to protect and restore the life in our freshwater.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Engbretson, Eric



  1. Paula Morgan says:

    The freshwater fish are important. Once upon a time we had a beautiful harbor around NYC. Why? Oysters. What happened? We ate them all. Now the harbor is filthy and nothing can survive in there. What’s new? Oysters are being put back as they filter 50 gallons of water, through their bodies, a day. Now due to us ruining everything, spilling oil, dumping garbage, etc., we need to clean up or go without possibly for decades or forever. Fresh water fish probably aren’ t so affected by plastic but if we don’t change our ways and stop with single use plastic we greedy, selfish, humans will kill all the fish in freshwater and oceans alike. Humans need more foresight.

  2. All animal have a right to live.

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