Catch & Culture Vol. 20, No. 3


Vientiane, Lao PDR, 31 Dec 2014

In this issue, Catch and Culture looks at fish abundance and diversity in northeast Thailand, efforts to achieve sustainable snakehead farming in Cambodia and Viet Nam as well as the development of culture-based fisheries in Cambodian and Lao villages. In addition, we look back on the past 15 years of fisheries cooperation in the Lower Mekong Basin and a recent initiative to set up an Eminent and Expert Persons Group to find concrete ways to promote a sustainable future for the Mekong region. This issue also contains a policy brief on fisheries management cooperation in East Asia including recommendations by a study group on food security which reported to regional leaders in November.

Table of Contents

  1. Capture fisheries
    Fish abundance and diversity in the Mekong in Thailand
  2. Aquaculture
    Towards sustainable snakehead farming in Cambodia and Viet Nam
  3. Mekong Basin in Viet Nam
    Fisheries and aquaculture in the Lower Mekong Basin in Viet Nam
  4. Water, energy and food security
    All stakeholders should be involved in river basin planning at an early stage
  5. Media
    Thomson Reuters and FAO launch global food security news platform
  6. Cambodian National Fish Day
    Cambodia's fish production climbs to 728,000 tonnes in 2013
  7. Mekong diplomacy
    Lower Mekong Initiative sets up Eminent and Expert Persons Group
  8. Eco-Tourism
    Boosting income for community fisheries in southwest Cambodia
  9. Lao National Fish Release Day
    Urban wetland in Vientiane stocked with indigenous fishes and frogs
  10. Regional cooperation
    Fifteen years of cooperation in fisheries, aquatic resources and wetlands
  11. Culture-based fisheries
    Developing culture-based fisheries in Cambodia and Lao PDR

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Editorial Panel

  • So Nam, Fisheries Programme Coordinator
  • Peter Degen, Chief Technical Advisor
  • Souvanny Phommakone, Fisheries Programme Officer
  • Ly Vuthy, Fisheries Programme Officer
  • Theerawat Samphawamana, Fisheries Programme Officer
  • Nguyen Hai Son, Fisheries Programme Officer
  • Malasri Khumsri, Fisheries Management and Governance Specialist
  • Ngor Peng Bun, Capture Fisheries Specialist
  • Kong Sovanara, Aquaculture Specialist

    Editor: Peter Starr
    Designer: Chhut Chheana


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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