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Catchsep08vol14.2.jpg   1st September 2008 to 30th September 2008 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

Catch & Culture Vol. 14, No. 2

A key issue for all four countries sharing the Lower Mekong Basin is the extent to which dams will act as a barrier to fish migration and how this will affect people whose livelihoods depend on such migrations.
Catchjun08vol14.1.jpg   1st June 2008 to 30th June 2008 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

Catch & Culture Vol. 14, No. 1

In this issue of Catch and Culture, we interview Jeremy Bird, the new Chief Executive Officer of the MRC Secretariat. Mr Bird, who took up his position in March, highlights the challenge of developing infrastructure in the Lower Mekong Basin while maintaining the fishing industry that supports so many people. He also sees a growing role for fisheries management in the region, as food prices soar and land pressure increases.
Catchsep07vol13.2.jpg   1st September 2007 to 30th September 2007 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

Catch & Culture Vol. 13, No. 2

For several years, Catch & Culture has wanted to review the booming catfish industry in the Mekong Delta. For various reasons, it never happened. Earlier this year, however, it all fell into place thanks to several important developments including the first international catfish conference, held in Ho Chi Minh City in June.
CatchCulturevol13.1.jpg   1st April 2007 to 30th April 2007 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

Catch & Culture Vol. 13, No. 1

When it comes to giant river prawns, it seems farmers want an all male world in their ponds, as they have discovered that the chaps grow big and strong if there are no females to put them off their stride. So in Viet Nam researchers have been busy under the microscope performing sex-change surgery on males to turn them into females. These neo-females are producing only male offspring which, in turn, are growing faster than those in mixed company. There is still a long way to go with the research but the prospects are bright.
CatchDec06vol12.3.jpg   11th December 2006 to 31st December 2006 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

Catch & Culture Vol. 12, No. 3

The Mekong Dolphin is an icon of the region, symbolising the vitality and spirit of the Mekong River, but unfortunately it is now only found in a few areas of the river and is considered an endangered species. Therefore it is good news that the Cambodian government is taking some firm action on protecting these important cetaceans by introducing a river guard system, training local people to become guardians of the dolphins living in their stretch of the river.
CatchAug06vol12.2.jpg   1st August 2006 to 31st August 2006 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

Catch & Culture Vol. 12, No. 2

For many years the migratory habits of some of the Mekong's largest fish have fascinated scientists. Now a group of researchers from the Mekong Wetlands Biodiversity Programme (of which the Mekong River Commission is a partner) and the National Geographic Society have joined forces to undertake a yearlong study into these fishes and their migration paths and spawning sites. But there is something special about this study - it will be the first attempt to use underwater biotelemetry to track fish movements in the Mekong.
Catchmay06vol12.1.jpg   1st May 2006 to 1st January 1970 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

Catch & Culture Vol. 12, No. 1

There’s something exciting happening in Chiang Khong in Thailand. Exciting that is for the Mekong giant catfish. The members of the Mekong Giant Catfish Association have agreed to stop catching the endangered fish in and instead to try to help conserve it. The area around Chiang Khong is where the Thai-Lao stretch of the Mekong meets Myanmar, and traditionally the local people have, for one month of the year, tried to catch the giants as they migrate upstream to spawn.
Catchdec05vol11.3.jpg   1st December 2005 to 31st December 2006 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

Catch & Culture Vol. 11, No. 3

Everyone knows Mekong catfish and barbs can grow to enormous sizes. But until last October no one had set eyes on anything like the 12 monstrous species that descended on Nakhon Phanom in northeast Thailand. Up to eight metres in length, some were larger than the trucks they were hauled in on. Of course, on closer inspection, they were found to be false fish, with scales and fins constructed of paper, plastic and other materials.
Catchsep05vol11.2.jpg   1st September 2005 to 30th September 2005 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

Catch & Culture Vol. 11, No. 2

New hydro-acoustic surveys recorded in the stretch of the Mekong in southern Lao PDR and northern Cambodia are providing fisheries scientists with previously unseen images of fish life in some of the river's deepest pools.
Catchmy05vol11.1.jpg   1st May 2005 to 31st May 2005 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

Catch & Culture Vol. 11, No. 1

The catch in 2004-05 from the dai fishery in the Tonle Sap was the largest for 10 years. The high flood contributed to the increased catch,but other factors must also be involved.

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