Chishui Field Station for Conservation of Rare and Endemic Fishes of the Upper Yangtze River and Monitoring of River Ecosystem
The Chishui Field Station for Conservation of Rare and Endemic Fishes of the Upper Yangtze River and Monitoring of River Ecosystem is located in Renyou Village, Fuxin Town, Chishui City, Guizhou Province. This station, covering an area of 0.8 hectares, consists of the laboratory, fish culture and living zones.
The Chishui River is the last undammed tributary of the upper Yangtze River, which provides important habitats and breeding grounds for many rare and endemic fishes that were seriously affected by hydropower cascade development in the upper Yangtze River. Besides, this river is an ideal model for river ecosystem researches, due to its natural flow regime and temperature pattern. Since the 1990s, IHB has been engaged in fish resource investigation, monitoring and conservation in the Chishui River basin, which provide important information on fish conservation in the upper Yangtze River.
* Study the temporal changes in fish species composition and assemblage structure based on long-term in-situ monitoring and then reveal the maintaining mechanism of fish diversity in the upper Yangtze River
* Conduct researches on artificial reproduction of rare and endemic fishes and establish fish population restoration technology
* Conduct river ecology research, reveal the structure, function and process of natural river ecosystem and then develop habitat restoration technology.
The goal of the station is to build it as an important platform for river ecology research, and facilitate the protection of the Yangtze River and the construction of the Yangtze River Economic Belt.