This edition looks at the record fish catch from the Tonle Sap River in the latest season, Lao efforts to breed mud carp and difficulties faced by the catfish industry in the Mekong Delta in Viet Nam. It also features a speech by Prime Minister Hun Sen on the history of Cambodian fishing lots, which are being abolished after more than 100 years. Other articles deal with feed for snakeheads, Lao fishway development, a second interview on the potential for reservoir fisheries in Cambodia and a new international fish price index.

Table of Contents

  1. Capture fisheries
    Record fish catch on Tonle Sap River

  2. Aquaculture
    Lao success breeding Mekong mud carp

  3. Aquaculture
    Stormy weather for farmers, processors

  4. History
    Cambodia abolishes fishing lots

  5. Economy
    Amid growing concern about food prices, FAO devises a fish price index

  6. Feed
    Resolving the snakehead dilemma

  7. Fishways
    Lao fishway development takes shape

  8. Interview
    Cambodia’s potential for reservoir fisheries

  9. Books
    New book by Singaporean photographer includes Mekong species

  10. Staff
    Recent changes

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Editorial Panel

  • Xaypladeth Choulamany, Fisheries Programme Coordinator
  • Peter Degen, Chief Technical Advisor
  • Buoy Roitana, Fisheries Programme Officer
  • Souvanny Phommakone, Fisheries Programme Officer
  • Theerawat Samphawamana, Fisheries Programme Officer
  • Nguyen Hai Son, Fisheries Programme Officer
  • Kong Sovanara, Aquaculture Specialist
  • Ngor Peng Bun, Capture Fisheries Specialist
  • Malasri Khumsri, Fisheries Management and Governance Specialist

    Editor: Peter Starr
    Designer: 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