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The first-ever State of the World's Migratory Species report shows that nearly half of migrating species are declining in population, with over 1 in 5 species threatened with extinction. The populations of nearly all fish species listed in the U.N. treaty have declined by 90% since the 1970s. Overexploitation and habitat loss caused by human activity are the primary reasons for this decline.
The two biggest drivers of endangerment and threatened extinction are overexploitation - including incidental and intentional capture - and habitat loss, and both are directly caused by human activity.
The report also highlights the threats posed by the climate crisis, pollution, and the spread of invasive species, all of which are major threats to migratory species. The conference on migratory species emphasized the need for global action to protect these animals, as "Nature Knows No Borders."
The climate crisis and planetary heating, pollution, and the spread of invasive species - thousands of which are introduced by humans - are also major threats to migratory species, the report says.