It's been a dry year on the Mekong, with water levels similar to 1992, a hydrological drought year. Around this time of year, the Tonle Sap starts to flow back into the Mekong - the famous heartbeat of the Mekong in action.

Table of Contents

  1. Editorial
  2. Catfish farmers struggle to adapt to punitive tariffs
  3. What's in a name?
  4. Floods are vital for fisheries
  5. Migrating masses
  6. Fish and ships
  7. In search of the ideal body
  8. New information products
  9. Mekong Fisheries Index

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Editorial Panel

Editor: Peter Starr

  • Dr Chris Barlow, Fisheries Programme Manager
  • Dr Nguyen Quoc An, Fisheries Programme Officer
  • Khamtanh Vatthanatham, Fisheries Programme Officer
  • Delia Paul, MRC Secretariat Communications Officer

Design and cover illustration: Sawaddh So


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