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.

Table of Contents

  1. Editorial
  2. Hydropower in the Fraser and Columbia Rivers: a contrast in approaches to fisheries protection
  3. Addressing fisheries in the Climate Change and Adaptation Initiative
  4. Catfish aquaculture standards near completion
  5. Identifying significant fish spawning grounds along the Mekong mainstream
  6. Freshwater aquatic centre attracts tens of thousands of visitors a month
  7. Clams and cockles in the Mekong Delta
  8. Fisheries still among top employers and drivers of Cambodian economy
  9. Regional fisheries cooperation in the Lower Mekong Basin: how did it start?
  10. Founding head of Lao research centre appointed as Fisheries Programme coordinator
  11. Biological monitoring in the basin
  12. Mekong Fisheries Index

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Editorial Panel

Editor: Peter Starr

  • Mr Xaypladeth Choulamany, Fisheries Programme Coordinator
  • Dr Chris Barlow, Fisheries Programme Chief Technical Advisor
  • Dr Suchart Ingthamjitr, Fisheries Programme Officer
  • Mr Kaviphone Phouthavongs, Fisheries Programme Officer
  • Mr Damian Kean, 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