Catch and Culture Newsletter
18 December 2023
This edition examines three Mekong River Commission studies on fisheries, rising salinity in the Delta, and hydrological changes t to the river since 2000 (the latter undertaken with China). We also look at mollusc harvesting in the Tonle Sap Lake, fishway activities along Cambodian and Lao waterways, and Guinness World Records certifying a stingray caught in the Mekong as the world’s biggest freshwater fish.
21 July 2023
This issue looks at the outcomes of the Fourth MRC Summit in Vientiane in April, a new fisheries yield assessment for the Lower Mekong and guidelines for fish-friendly irrigation in the basin. We also examine how citizen science is capturing new knowledge for policymaking and the discovery of 380 new species in the Greater Mekong region.
23 February 2023
The first two pieces in this issue cover riverine plastic in the Mekong following the publication of the MRC’s first-ever report on the topic in December last year. The first article identifies 19 fish species affected and the second looks at a novel technique for removing plastic that’s been deployed in the Mekong Delta in Viet Nam. We also examine priorities for protecting and restoring fish habitats in the Lower Mekong, an unprecedented series of dolphin deaths in Cambodia and recent developments in green finance.
30 December 2022
This edition looks at possible measures to address sinking land in the Mekong Delta, environmental monitoring around the Xayabouri and Don Sahong dams, and a three-year initiative to promote fishways in the Lower Mekong Basin. We also examine the odds of a late and disorderly energy transition, and efforts to find a genetic solution to the tilapia lake virus.
3 August 2022
In this edition, we highlight recent captures of a giant stingray from the Mekong — since confirmed as the world’s largest freshwater fish — and a rare giant salmon carp from a Mekong tributary. We also look at the monitoring of water quality and fisheries near hydropower projects, plans to develop a green hydrogen plant in the Mekong Delta and the latest global review of inland fish catches.
20 May 2022
30 December 2021
In this issue, we look at fishers on the Tonle Sap Lake targeting Borneo river sprats, recent developments with fish passes on irrigation dams, and Mekong fish species that migrate between freshwater and marine habitats. We also examine Viet Nam’s growing appetite for wind and solar energy and the positive outlook for green finance and investment following the recent climate change summit in Glasgow.
12 August 2021
In this edition, we look at water quality across the Lower Mekong Basin, a Lao wind farm project to export power to Viet Nam and a new study highlighting the need to identify organisms at greatest risk from plastic pollution – especially those in freshwater habitats. Our August issue also examines financial aspects of climate change in the region and of biodiversity loss worldwide.
21 April 2021
In this issue, we look at the costs of replacing fish catch losses in the Mekong region with alternative food sources from aquaculture, livestock or crops. We also highlight a recent increase in fisheries research in the Lower Mekong Basin. In other research developments, we examine the Cambodian discovery of a new virus in a Mekong bat species that's closer to SARS-CoV-2 than any other closely related viruses found outside China to date.
14 December 2020
Our last issue for a year like no other examines a new aquifer project in Cambodia and Viet Nam, a vulnerable carp species threatened by illegal fishing and a new way for fish farmers to monitor water with remote-sensing satellite technology from Japan. We also look at selected economic, commodity, food security and environmental statistics for Lower Mekong countries from a global yearbook revived after an absence of seven years.