Fish catches from Cambodia's dai fishery reached a record low this season. While dry conditions were partly to blame, there are other worrying factors. The commercial dai fishery is a small part of the total Cambodian fishery, but often serves as a useful indicator of the overall situation - which is now poised to become a major policy issue for Cambodia and its neighbours.

Table of Contents

  1. Editorial
  2. Low water blues
  3. Trends in the Cambodian dai fishery: floods and fishing pressure
  4. Sabre rattling and drum beats from another desperate industry
  5. Sampling fish larvae
  6. Fins make the fish
  7. Technical Advisory Body for Fisheries Management
  8. Fish or naga?
  9. Calendar of Fisheries Events
  10. New information products
  11. Mekong Fisheries Index

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Editorial Panel

Editor: Peter Starr

  • Dr Chris Barlow, Fisheries Programme Manager
  • Dr Nguyen Quoc An, Fisheries Programme Officer
  • Khamtanh Vatthanatham, Fisheries Programme Officer
  • Virginia Addison, MRC Communications Officer

Design and cover illustration: Sawaddh So


The opinions and interpretation expressed within are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of the Mekong River Commission