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May 26, 2020 - Tribune India

Over-harvesting may wipe out water frogs in Turkey

Over-harvesting may wipe out water frogs in Turkey
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Water frogs are in danger of becoming regionally extinct in parts of Turkey, where they are native, due to over-harvesting for human consumption, scientists have warned.

A study has shown the population of Anatolian water frogs fell by around 20 per cent each year between 2013 and 2015 in Turkey’s Ceyhan and Seyhan deltas. Researchers from Ege University, Middle East Technical University, Stony Brook University and the Turkish government, predicted a 90-per-cent chance the frogs would be wiped out in the south-central Cukurova Region by 2050. If harvesting trends continue, they could even be extinct by 2032.

The frog harvesting industry in Turkey, which is about 40 years old, is worth nearly $4m (£3.2m) each year.

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