Biodiversity Korea (North) (PRK)
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Species Families Species Families
Marine 233 110 No
Freshwater 83 22 No
Total 305 122 No
Conservation Apparently no data on North Korea's freshwater fishes have been published in the last 50 years and no information is available on their conservation status. The following information is to be sought: - Status of knowledge of the freshwater fauna; - Existence of conservation plans; - Information on major aquatic habitats or sites within the country; - Current major threats to species; - Future potential threats to species; - Contact(s) for further information.
Geography and Climate Democratic People's Republic of Korea in Eastern Asia, is located in northern half of the Korean Peninsula bordering the Korea Bay and the Sea of Japan, between China and South Korea. Area comparatively slightly smaller than Mississippi. Total land boundary is 1,673 km, border countries are China 1,416 km, South Korea 238 km, Russia 19 km. Climate in North Korea is temperate with rainfall concentrated in summer. Terrain consists mostly of hills and mountains separated by deep, narrow valleys; coastal plains wide in west, discontinuous in east. Elevation extreme has the lowest point in Sea of Japan 0 m and highest point in Paektu-san 2,744 m. Natural resources are coal, lead, tungsten, zinc, graphite, magnesite, iron ore, copper, gold, pyrites, salt, fluorspar, hydropower. Land use: arable land: 14%, permanent crops: 2%, permanent pastures: 0%, forests and woodland: 61%, other: 23% (1993 est.). Irrigated land: 14,600 sq km (1993 est.) Natural hazards are late spring droughts often followed by severe flooding; occasional typhoons during the early fall. Environment—current issues: localized air pollution attributable to inadequate industrial controls; water pollution; inadequate supplies of potable water Geography—note: strategic location bordering China, South Korea, and Russia; mountainous interior is isolated, nearly inaccessible, and sparsely populated.

Ref.  Anonymous, 1999
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