A fishermen in the Mekong Delta’s Vinh Long Province caught an endangered giant barb weighing 128 kilograms and sold it to a dealer for around VND200 million (US$9,400).
According to a video posted on news website VnExpress, it took seven men to place the fish on the scale.
It seems unlikely that anyone will be punished for catching and trading the creature, despite its status.
The fish, also known as Siamese giant carp, is the largest species of cyprinid in the world. The migratory fish is found only in the Mae Klong, Mekong and Chao Phraya river basins in Indochina but is considered critically endangered due to habitat loss and overfishing.