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The world is full of beautiful and exotic animals. However, many of the animal species are in grave danger due to activities that are detrimental to their survival. Apart from animals, many species of fish are also today listed on the threatened species. Some factors that have led to the fish species around the world becoming threatened are climate change, loss of habitat, overfishing, water pollution, oil spills, etc. If proper steps are not taken, many fish species that are threatened may become endangered in the future. Thus tough steps for their protection are the need of the hour. Governments around the world are taking stringent steps to conserve fish but still fish is in danger. As per the World Bank, there were some more than 8,000 species of fish around the world that were threatened in the year 2016.

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Among nations, the United States topped the list with an estimated 249 species of fish listed as threatened in 2016. This is the highest among all the nations on the list. Coming at the second spot was India where 222 species of the fish were reported as threatened during the year 2016. Countries where between 150 and 200 species of fish were on the threatened list included Mexico, Tanzania, and Indonesia. Nations such as China, Turkey, Cameroon, Australia, South Africa, and Thailand witnessed between 100 and 150 fish species on the threatened list.

Countries where in the year 2016 between 50 and 100 fish species were on the threatened list included Malaysia, Vietnam, Greece, Brazil, Japan, Nigeria, Portugal, Sri Lanka, Morocco, Italy, Egypt, France, and a few others. There are quite a few countries where less than 50 fish species were threatened in 2016. Some of these nations were the United Kingdom, Canada, Argentina, Russia, Saudi Arabia, New Zealand, Libya, Oman, Lebanon, Ireland, Germany, etc.

The table below depicts the number of fish species that are currently threatened in each nation.

Country 2016
United States 249
India 222
Mexico 179
Tanzania 176
Indonesia 158
China 133
Turkey 131
Cameroon 119
Australia 118
South Africa 107
Thailand 106
Malawi 98
Colombia 96
Congo, Dem. Rep. 93
Madagascar 93
Philippines 87
Brazil 86
Malaysia 83
Vietnam 80
Greece 80
Spain 78
Japan 77
Guinea 75
Nigeria 71
Gabon 71
Kenya 71
Mozambique 67
Croatia 64
Liberia 63
Portugal 63
Costa Rica 60
Ecuador 59
Cote d’Ivoire 57
Uganda 57
Sierra Leone 56
Papua New Guinea 56
Ghana 56
Lao PDR 55
Senegal 55
Congo, Rep. 55
Sri Lanka 54
Morocco 54
Panama 54
France 52
Angola 51
Syrian Arab Republic 51
Italy 51
Egypt, Arab Rep. 51
Myanmar 50
Peru 50
Cambodia 47
United Kingdom 47
Israel 45
Albania 44
Cuba 44
Bahamas, The 44
Iran, Islamic Rep. 43
Canada 43
Mauritania 43
Belize 43
Venezuela, RB 43
Honduras 42
Equatorial Guinea 42
Pakistan 41
Algeria 40
Uruguay 40
Argentina 39
Tunisia 39
Guinea-Bissau 39
Russian Federation 39
Benin 38
Nicaragua 37
Saudi Arabia 35
Togo 35
Trinidad and Tobago 35
New Caledonia 35
Guatemala 35
Bosnia and Herzegovina 35
Cabo Verde 34
New Zealand 34
Gambia, The 34
Namibia 33
Slovenia 33
Libya 32
Yemen, Rep. 32
Cayman Islands 32
Montenegro 32
Oman 31
Guyana 31
St. Lucia 30
Suriname 30
Puerto Rico 30
Haiti 30
Jamaica 30
Antigua and Barbuda 29
St. Vincent and the Grenadines 29
Turks and Caicos Islands 29
Dominica 29
Dominican Republic 29
St. Kitts and Nevis 29
Sint Maarten (Dutch part) 29
St. Martin (French part) 29
Somalia 29
Barbados 29
Lebanon 28
British Virgin Islands 28
Curacao 28
French Polynesia 28
Grenada 28
Ireland 27
Virgin Islands (U.S.) 27
Singapore 27
Bangladesh 27
Bermuda 26
Korea, Rep. 25
Sao Tome and Principe 25
Chile 25
Micronesia, Fed. Sts. 25
Ukraine 24
Germany 24
Sudan 24
Cyprus 24
Maldives 24
Aruba 23
Norway 23
Eritrea 23
Malta 22
Solomon Islands 22
Romania 22
Bulgaria 22
Seychelles 21
Zambia 20
Mauritius 19
Palau 19
Denmark 18
Djibouti 18
Fiji 18
Gibraltar 18
Iraq 17
United Arab Emirates 17
Korea, Dem. People’s Rep. 17
Vanuatu 17
Burundi 17
Iceland 16
Marshall Islands 16
Samoa 16
Jordan 15
Sweden 15
Kuwait 15
Netherlands 15
Northern Mariana Islands 15
Monaco 15
El Salvador 15
Serbia 15
Kazakhstan 14
Ethiopia 14
Tonga 14
Qatar 13
Kiribati 13
Macedonia, FYR 13
Hong Kong SAR, China 13
Guam 13
Belgium 13
American Samoa 12
Tuvalu 12
Azerbaijan 12
Faroe Islands 12
Brunei Darussalam 12
Austria 11
Nauru 11
Turkmenistan 11
Georgia 11
Bahrain 10
Comoros 9
Switzerland 9
Hungary 9
Greenland 9
Rwanda 9
Moldova 8
Poland 8
Timor-Leste 8
Bolivia 8
Nepal 7
Uzbekistan 7
Latvia 6
Finland 6
Lithuania 6
Afghanistan 5
Slovak Republic 5
Macao SAR, China 5
Tajikistan 5
Estonia 5
Niger 4
Swaziland 4
Burkina Faso 4
Armenia 3
Kyrgyz Republic 3
Central African Republic 3
Zimbabwe 3
Bhutan 3
Czech Republic 2
Isle of Man 2
Mongolia 2
Mali 2
West Bank and Gaza 2
Belarus 2
Botswana 2
Chad 1
Lesotho 1
Luxembourg 1
Andorra 0
Liechtenstein 0
San Marino 0
South Sudan 0
Paraguay 0

(Data sourced form the World Bank)

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