In this issue, we examine the economic value of Lower Mekong fisheries, the growing importance of aquaculture in world fisheries production and Southeast Asia's largest ornamental fish market. We also look at a recent catfish deal between Viet Nam and the US, a slowdown in the decline of the Mekong's dolphin population and genetic considerations in culture-based fisheries.

Table of Contents

  1. Economic value of Lower Mekong fisheries
    Lower Mekong fisheries estimated to be worth around $17 billion a year

  2. World fish market outlook
    World aquaculture production forecast to overtake capture fisheries in 2023

  3. Trade
    Trans-Pacific Partnership accord has catfish deal between Viet Nam, US

  4. Aquaculture
    Is Indonesia challenging Vietnamese dominance of global catfish market?

  5. Ornamental fish
    Southeast Asia's biggest ornamental fish centre sets sights on global market

  6. Crustaceans
    Small shrimps with commercial value

  7. Conservation
    New survey indicates slowdown in decline of Mekong dolphin population

  8. Capture fisheries
    Cambodia's fisheries: a decade of changes and evolution

  9. Giant Mekong
    Catfish Environmental DNA testing helps unlock mysteries of giant catfish

  10. Policy brief
    Fish consumption among women and pre-school children in Cambodia

  11. Culture-based fisheries (1)
    NACA publishes book on regional meeting on culture-based fisheries

  12. Culture-based fisheries (2)
    Genetic considerations in culture-based fisheries in Asia

  13. Appointment
    Dr Sang named director of Viet Nam's Research Institute for Aquaculture No. 2


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Editorial Panel

  • So Nam, Fisheries Programme Coordinator
  • Peter Degen, International Technical Advisor
  • Souvanny Phommakone, Fisheries Programme Officer
  • Ly Vuthy, Fisheries Programme Officer
  • Theerawat Samphawamana, Fisheries Programme Officer
  • Nguyen Hai Son, Fisheries Programme Officer
  • Malasri Khumsri, Fisheries Management and Governance Specialist
  • Ngor Peng Bun, Capture Fisheries Specialist
  • Kong Sovanara, Aquaculture 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