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.

Working with Thai and Lao fisheries officers, the researchers will tag fish and use receivers floating in the water to track their movements.

Table of Contents

  1. Editorial
  2. Fish migration studies using biotelemetry
    • Wild Mekong giant catfish killed after tagging
  3. Scaling up community fisheries in Cambodia
    • Market forces seen having strong influence on future of new system
    • What the sub-decree says
  4. Lao-Cambodian fishery needs new management approach
    • Deputy provincial governors take steps to tackle mutual problems
  5. Cambodia's national fish day
  6. Lao success breeds confidence in culture from wild brood stock
    • Focus: distribution and ecology of the small-scale river carp, Cirrhinus microlepis
  7. Built structures and their impacts on fisheries - a research project in Cambodia
  8. Obituary
  9. New Information Products
  10. 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