Catch & Culture Vol. 22, No.1

cov CCVol22.1

Vientiane, Lao PDR, 01 Aug 2016

In this issue, we look at findings from Cambodia's first-ever study of mollusc fisheries in the Tonle Sap Lake, Vietnamese research into whether catfish resistant to bacteria can also grow faster and how Australian work is helping to set priorities for restoring fish migration in Lao tributaries of the Mekong. We also examine efforts to address fisheries concerns towards the first mainstream hydropower project in the Lower Mekong Basin and how fishermen helped scientists unravel the mystery of the El Niño weather phenomenon.

Table of Contents

  1. Molluscs: Cambodia completes first study of Tonle Sap mollusc fisheries

  2. Aquaculture: After difficult year, Vietnamese shrimp exports seen rebounding in 2016

  3. Investment: Mekong catfish exporter to buy 51% of Russian fish distributor for $15 mln

  4. Disease: Can catfish resistant to deadly bacterial infection also grow faster?

  5. Fishways: How to set priorities for restoring fish migration across existing barriers

  6. Hydropower: Additional works seen addressing 'all concerns' with Xayaburi project

  7. Larval and juvenile fish: Larval and juvenile fish along northern Lao stretches of the Mekong

  8. Biodiversity (1): Tonle Sap system on the brink of 'massive' environmental change

  9. Biodiversity (2): Scientists say a third of world's freshwater fish species at risk from hydropower

  10. Meteorology: Fishing in pink waters: how scientists unravelled the El Niño mystery

  11. Asian Fisheries and Aquaculture Forum: Fisheries governance to be among main themes at regional forum in Bangkok

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Scientific Advisors:

  • So Nam, Fisheries Team Leader, MRC Operations Division
  • Ngor Peng Bun, Capture Fisheries Specialist, MRC Operations Division


  • Peter Starr


  • 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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