Catch & Culture Vol. 13, No. 2


Vientiane, Lao PDR, 01 Sep 2007 - 30 Sep 2007

For several years, Catch & Culture has wanted to review the booming catfish industry in the Mekong Delta. For various reasons, it never happened. Earlier this year, however, it all fell into place thanks to several important developments including the first international catfish conference, held in Ho Chi Minh City in June.

The conference was timely - catfish production in the delta doubled last year and is expected to surpass a million tones this year. In terms of volumes, Vietnamese catfish production is now starting to rival the global salmon industry.

Table of Contents

  1. Editorial
  2. Selective breeding of Pangasianodon hypophthalmus yields promising results
  3. Significant genetic variation in catfish eggs drifting downstream
  4. Floods and the Mekong River system
  5. ADB retires fisheries policy
  6. Catfish processing takes off in delta as global demand soars
  7. Dialogue on catfish industry aims for sustainability through consensus and certification
  8. Trapping migrating catfish in channels at the Khone Falls
  9. Long distance migration of Pangasius krempfi in the Mekong River
  10. Raising Lao fisheries awareness
  11. Hun Sen calls for fisheries to be included in school curricula
  12. Mekong Fisheries Index

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Catch and Culture is published three times a year by the Mekong River Commission Secretariat in Vientiane, Lao PDR, and distributed to over 650 subscribers around the world. Free email subscriptions are available through the MRC website,

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Editorial Panel

Editor: Peter Starr

  • Dr Chris Barlow, Fisheries Programme Manager
  • Dr Suchart Ingthamjitr, Fisheries Programme Officer
  • Mr Kaviphone Phouthavongs, Fisheries Programme Officer
  • Virginia Addison, MRC Communications Officer

Design and cover illustration: Phannavanh Anoulack


The opinions and interpretation expressed within are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of the Mekong River Commission

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