Catch & Culture Vol. 15, No. 3


Vientiane, Lao PDR, 31 Dec 2009 - 31 May 2010

In this issue we take a detailed look at recent developments with genetic research into fish and crustacean species in Viet Nam. In addition to selective breeding programmes for tilapia, catfish and giant freshwater prawns, we feature an update on the sex-reversal technique developed for the giant prawn which is now being applied on a commercial basis.

With European consumers increasingly choosy about what they eat, we also examine efforts to get small-scale catfish farms in the Mekong Delta to improve their management practices.


Table of Contents

  1. Editorial
  2. Modelling the impacts of mainstream dams on highly migratory fish species
  3. Selective tilapia breeding aims to improve seed quality, diversify production
  4. Viet Nam to accelerate distribution of improved catfish broodstock to delta
  5. Selective breeding programme for giant freshwater prawns extended to 2012
  6. Viet Nam begins commercial production of all-male giant freshwater prawns
  7. Farmers of the delta, unite!
  8. What's the market doing?
  9. Number of species found rises to 166 in Sekong drainage, 84 in Nam Ou drainage
  10. Cambodia identifies endangered freshwater species under Fisheries Law
  11. Maximising the benefits of aquaculture in Cambodia's Svay Rieng province
  12. How can Cambodia promote fish farming when natural resources are so abundant?
  13. Strategic planning in Cambodia
  14. Mixed fortunes among listed processors
  15. Mobile hatcheries help mitigate impact of declining catches in northern Thailand
  16. Vietnamese clam fishery awarded first certification from MSC in Southeast Asia
  17. Pakse hosts Tenth Technical Symposium on Mekong Fisheries
  18. Staff
  19. Mekong Fisheries Index


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Editorial Panel

Editor: Peter Starr

  • Mr Xaypladeth Choulamany, Fisheries Programme Coordinator
  • Mr Kent Hortle, Fisheries Programme Chief Technical Advisor
  • Dr Suchart Ingthamjitr, Fisheries Programme Officer
  • Ms Pham Mai Phuong, Fisheries Programme Officer
  • Mr Kaviphone Phouthavongs, Fisheries Programme Officer
  • Mr Buoy Roitana, Fisheries Programme Officer
  • Mr Damian Kean, 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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