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.

Table of Contents

  1. Editorial
  2. Festival highlights importance of fisheries in the Songkhram River
  3. Falling Vietnamese demand eases pressure on wild stock of catfish fry
  4. “A human fishway” - simple solution to complex problem
  5. New education and awareness campaign for Tonle Sap lake
  6. No change of heart for Thailand's tsunami-affected shrimp farmers
  7. Restocking the basin
  8. Songkhram stakeholders address future of degraded resources
  9. Regional action plan for fisheries co-management
  10. Staff movements
  11. Mekong Fisheries Index

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Editorial Panel

Editor: Peter Starr

  • Dr Chris Barlow, Fisheries Programme Manager
  • Dr Suchart Ingthamjitr, Fisheries Programme Officer
  • Mr Kaviphone Phouthavongs, Fisheries Programme Officer
  • Virginia Addison, MRC Communications Officer

Design and cover illustration: Phannavanh Anoulack


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