Vientiane, Lao PDR, 1st Aug 2010 - 30th Nov 2010
Many dams and irrigation schemes are planned on the Mekong and its tributaries, which will have major consequences for the environment and fisheries and the millions of people who depend upon them; this issue summarises how development scenarios assessed under the Basin Development Plan could affect the yield of fisheries from the lower Mekong Basin.
Also covered is the subject of fisheries monitoring by riparian fisheries scientists as they seek to integrate data collected across the MRC countries. The monitoring programmes provide information on the status and trends of fisheries, and also provide an important baseline for assessing impacts of fisheries management and development activities. Recent archaeological studies in Cambodia discussed in this issue show the long history of fisheries in the basin, and a change from a hunting lifestyle to a more settled rice-fish culture. Other subjects covered include fish feeds, aquarium fish, management of Mekong giant catfish, the growth in recreational fishing, Cambodia’s national fish day and others.
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Design: Chhut Chheana
Cover illustration: Voeun Vuthy
The opinions and interpretation expressed within are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of the Mekong River Commission