Our first issue for this year features the world’s biggest catfish farm in the Mekong Delta in Viet Nam and a new MRC program to monitor the impacts of two hydro plants on the Mekong mainstream. We also look at Lao fisheries law enforcement near the Cambodian border, the need to revalue recreational fisheries and financial issues related to climate change.


Table of Contents

Aquaculture (1)
World’s biggest catfish farm takes shape in Mekong Delta in Viet Nam

Aquaculture (2)
Vietnamese catfish exports seen recovering in 2020 after bad year

Aquaculture (3)
Scientists research genetic parameters for resistance to new virus in Nile tilapia

Hydropower (1)
MRC launches joint environment monitoring for Lao hydro plants

Hydropower (2)
Management committee enforces Lao fisheries law at Khone Falls

Giant fish species
Critically endangered giant catfish and giant barb caught in Vietnamese waters near Cambodia

Recreational fisheries (1)
Estimated value of inland recreational fisheries needs to be updated

Recreational fisheries (2)
Fishing for fun in Cambodia

Climate change
Central banking and financial stability under climate change

Download this issue Vol 26, No 1


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© Mekong River Commission 2020

Editorial Panel:

  • Hak Socheat, Director of Environmental Management Division
  • So Nam, Chief Environmental Management Officer
  • Phattareeya Suanrattanachai, Fisheries Management Specialist
  • Prayooth Yaowakhan, Ecosystem and Wetland Specialist
  • Nuon Vanna, Fisheries and Aquatic Ecology Officer
  • Alisa Luangrai, Intern, Environmental Management Division
  • Erinda Pubill Panen, Environmental Monitoring Advisor, GIZ-MRC Cooperation Programme
  • Mayvong Sayatham, Environmental Diplomacy Advisor, GIZ-MRC Cooperation Programme

Editor: Peter Starr
Designers: 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.