Vientiane, Lao PDR, 1st Dec 2008 - 31st Dec 2009
In this issue, our biggest ever, we look at how fisheries emerged as a key issue at a regional conference on hydropower development convened by the MRC in Vientiane in September. We also review a meeting of independent experts that immediately preceded the conference to examine the barrier impacts of dams on fish migration in the Mekong.
The group of 17 experts from various disciplines found that mainstream dams in the Lower Mekong Basin would adversely affect the migratory fish, especially in the lower part of the basin where fish production is highest. A separate article looks at three different approaches to estimating the size of migratory fish resources in the lower basin.
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© Mekong River Commission 2008
Editor: Peter Starr
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