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CatchCulturevol15.3.jpg   31 December 2009 to 31 May 2010 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

Catch & Culture Vol. 15, No. 3

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.
CatchCulturevol15.2.jpg   01 August 2009 to 31 August 2009 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

Catch & Culture Vol. 15, No. 2

This issue of Catch and Culture is largely devoted to the hundreds of fish species found in the Mekong. Our lead article examines the considerable taxonomic work that has been done since the MRC Fisheries programme published the Mekong Fish Database in 2003.
Catchmay09vol15.1.jpg   01 May 2009 to 31 May 2009 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

Catch & Culture Vol. 15, No. 1

In this edition, we feature two articles on a couple of issues that are both highly topical and extremely complex—hydropower development and climate change.
CatchCulturevol14.3.jpg   01 December 2008 to 31 December 2009 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

Catch & Culture Vol. 14, No. 3

In this issue, our biggest ever, we look at how fisheries emerged as a key issue at a regional conference on hydropower development convened by the MRC in Vientiane in September. We also review a meeting of independent experts that immediately preceded the conference to examine the barrier impacts of dams on fish migration in the Mekong.
Catchsep08vol14.2.jpg   01 September 2008 to 30 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   01 June 2008 to 30 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   01 September 2007 to 30 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   01 April 2007 to 30 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   11 December 2006 to 31 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   01 August 2006 to 31 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.

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