ABOUT 1.3 billion fish were added to China's Yangtze River in an attempt to help restore resources in the region. Aquatic weeds and millions of shellfish also will be added to replenish the river's ecology, which was damaged by low water levels amid a drought earlier this year, the country's Ministry of Agriculture said yesterday. The ministry created the initiative in conjunction with five Chinese provinces that border the middle and lower regions of the river. The Yangtze River was not the only resource badly affected by the droughts. According to the Anhui Fishery Bureau, 140,000 tonnes (154,324 tons) of fish were lost due to reduced lake levels in a single eastern Chinese province. To combat the loss, 100 million fish were released into nine lakes in Anhui province yesterday. The bureau said that 95 per cent of the lakes' fish and approximately 80 per cent of their plants were ruined because of the drought. It's interesting what we can do these days.