Protection of naked carp in Qinghai Lake

Forty years ago, Li Yifan, a fisherman working on Qinghai Lake, could catch more than 100 naked carps a day. Now, at the age of 50 years old, he's setting his foot on the road of protecting the fish species. 

The local government is playing a main role in revitalizing naked carp. Since 2002, Qinghai Province has put more than 100 million artificially reproduced naked carp krill to Qinghai Lake, with an 85% survival rate. After 15 years of efforts, the fish in Qinghai Lake has recovered to a level of 70.8 thousand tons in 2016.

Members of the  Rescue Team are saving beached naked carps. [Photo/Xinhua]

Employees of the Qinghai Lake Naked Carp Rescue Center are cleaning fertilized eggs of the naked carp. [Photo/Xinhua]

Members of the Rescue Team are putting beached naked carps back into the main river channel to help them continue to swim upstream. [Photo/Xinhua]

Underwater photos of the migration of naked carps. [Photo/Xinhua]

A mountain mural in Gangcha County of Haibei Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in Qinghai Province, depicting the life journey of naked carp in Qinghai Lake. [Photo/Xinhua]

Zhou Maocuo(left), an employee of the Qinghai Lake Naked Carp Rescue Center   is stirring the fertilized naked carp eggs to help the krill breakthrough the membranes. [Photo/Xinhua]

A naked carp is leaping out of water. [Photo/Xinhua]

Naked carps in migration near Quanji River. [Photo/Xinhua]