Our latest issue looks at the outlook for international scientific collaboration in the Mekong region as the world comes to terms with the Covid-19 pandemic. We also examine similarities and differences between the current pandemic and climate change. Other articles cover fish connectivity between Mekong freshwater habitats and marine waters, the causes of last year’s Mekong drought and the extensive work in the region by a Japanese scientist who discovered three species of Mekong loaches.
Our first issue for this year features the world’s biggest catfish farm in the Mekong Delta in Viet Nam and a new MRC program to monitor the impacts of two hydro plants on the Mekong mainstream. We also look at Lao fisheries law enforcement near the Cambodian border, the need to revalue recreational fisheries and financial issues related to climate change.
This edition is largely devoted to the State of the Basin Report, the flagship publication of the MRC. In addition, we look at the use of drones in fisheries science and the development of bioplastics from fish waste. Our final issue for the year also contains an eight-page educational supplement on fish body parts.
Our latest issue highlights the MRC’s latest water quality monitoring for the Lower Mekong which shows a slight improvement in water quality. We also examine environmental change on the Mekong floodplain, fish diversity in a Lao tributary, recent MRC work modeling the impacts of climate change and a Japanese company’s development of appetite software for feeding farmed fish.
This edition highlights growing investment in fisheries-related activities in the Lower Mekong — from a $17 million project to develop soybean feed in Cambodia to a $174 million broodstock development and farming site in the Mekong Delta in Viet Nam. In the ornamental fish sector, we feature the recent groundbreaking for a large new aquarium in Siem Reap, part of the first phase of a US-Cambodian-Japanese venture to develop an $70 million wildlife park near the Tonle Sap Lake. Elsewhere, we look at the importance of fisheries in northeast Thailand and the recent redesign of the Xayaburi hydropower project in northern Lao PDR.
This issue examines indiscriminate fishing around the Tonle Sap Lake and possible impacts of climate change on ecological systems in the region and inland fisheries worldwide. It also looks at new guidelines for transboundary environmental impact assessments and recent developments in the market for water snakes.
In this issue, we look at the expected impact of climate change on Mekong fisheries and how plunging prices for solar energy are affecting global electricity markets. We also examine how inland fisheries help sustain development and what the Mekong region can learn from Israel’s approach to various water-related technologies.
In this issue, we summarize the findings of a six-year MRC study on how water development projects are expected to affect the Lower Mekong Basin. We also look at research into designing river flows to improve food security and the outcomes of three separate summit meetings of Mekong prime ministers between January and April. In addition, we report on how the population of Mekong dolphins has risen for the first time since records were established 20 years ago.
In this issue, we examine a regional agreement to promote sustainable aquaculture and fisheries, a separate plan to combat antimicrobial resistance in the region and the MRC’s development of joint environment monitoring of Mekong mainstream hydropower projects. In addition, the December edition looks at whether urban aquaculture can help meet the world’s growing demand for fish and features a new study on a Mekong tributary in northeast Thailand.
In this issue, we look at a global biosecurity alert over a new virus affecting tilapia, the latest Mekong catfish scare in Europe and the extension of a fisheries cooperation agreement between Cambodia and Viet Nam. We also examine the prospects for floating solar power plants as well as water quality, ecology and fisheries issues related to a new hydropower project in Lao PDR.