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Philippines most expensive fish may be in danger

The ludong, the most expensive fish in the Philippines, may be on its way to extinction, according to a recent preliminary study by the National Fisheries Research and Development Institute (NFRDI), The Philippine Star reports.

The study reported an absence of any samples of the Cestraeus plicatilis, the most common ludong fish species that was once abundant in the area.

The fish is prized for its taste and has a market value of at least $116 per kilogram, and is frequently referred to as the President's Fish or the Northwest Salmon, the news source reports. It is known for its role in fine cuisine, but is also listed as one of the world's most endangered fresh water fishes.

The NFRDI reports that it has not come across any samples of the species, leading to fears that it is dying out or is already extinct. The Cagayan River and the downstream segment of the Abra River were the only known habitats in the country.

Another fish that may be in danger in the country is the bluefin tuna. Some are pushing to lift a ban on fishing the tuna, the Philippine Daily Inquirer reports. The Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission imposed the ban in 2010 to grow since it is an endangered species.  
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