Publications related to Fisheries

Status and Trends of Fish Abundance and Diversity in the Lower Mekong Basin during 2007–2018

The report is the first ever large-scale study to consider both spatial and temporal variations of fish abundance and diversity in the LMB, using the MRC’s long-term fisheries monitoring data. The monitoring was conducted daily between 2007 and 2018 by professional fishers at 38 stations along the Mekong mainstream and its major tributaries. But only 25 sites were selected for the study due to incomplete data. Eleven of the 25 monitoring stations were in Cambodia, four in Lao PDR, and five each in Thailand and Viet Nam. The study found 617 fish species, belonging to 21 order and 80 families in the LMB from 2007 to 2018. Some 37,530,460 individuals, corresponding to 1,095,848 Kg of fishes were collected. Temporally, both fish diversity and catch have increased during the survey period in the Tonle Sap and the Mekong upstream in southern Laos and Thailand, informing the high diversity of these areas and that sampling effort is still growing.

Download | Published on: 18 Oct 2021 | Language: English | Size: 21 MB

Social Impact Monitoring and Vulnerability Assessment (SIMVA) 2018
Report on 2018 baseline survey of the Lower Mekong mainstream and floodplain areas

SIMVA 2018 is the third survey of its type and was conducted in the same sites and used the same methods of collecting primary household and village data, as the SIMVA 2014 and 2011 exercises. Covering 2,800 households in 200 villages the 2018 survey shows that communities in the Mekong mainstream corridor were still dependent on the river resources for their livelihoods, income, and well-being. As such, they are still vulnerable to changes in the Mekong water resources. However, their overall dependency has decreased with other, non-water resources-related livelihood activities playing increasingly important roles. From 2014 to 2018 the percentage of households engaging in fishing decreased across the region from 50% to approximately 37%. The study also indicates growing incidence of flooding, possibly as a result of climate change and other factors, including water infrastructure development. Government support in livelihood diversification and disaster coping strategies is essential and there is much room for improvement in this regard.

Download | Published on: 18 Oct 2021 | Language: English | Size: 8 MB

MRC Annual Report 2019 Part 1

The Annual Report covers the key achievements and progress of the Mekong River Commission for 2019, the fourth year of implementation of the MRC Strategic Plan (MRC SP) 2016-2020.

Download | Published on: 16 Jun 2020 | Language: English | Size: 12 MB

Summary State of the Basin Report 2018

The State of Basin Report (SoBR) is a flagship product and an integral part of the MRC’s strategic planning cycle. Prepared every five years, the report assesses conditions within the basin and the impacts that development and use of the water and related natural resources are having. It is a basis for the Member Countries and other key stakeholders to discuss and determine appropriate actions for ensuring sustainable development of the Mekong basin.

Download | Published on: 05 Feb 2020 | Language: English | Size: 7.6 MB

State of the Basin Report 2018

The State of Basin Report (SoBR) is a flagship product and an integral part of the MRC’s strategic planning cycle. Prepared every five years, the report assesses conditions within the basin and the impacts that development and use of the water and related natural resources are having. It is a basis for the Member Countries and other key stakeholders to discuss and determine appropriate actions for ensuring sustainable development of the Mekong basin.

Download | Published on: 22 Oct 2019 | Language: English | Size: 13 MB

Interactive report for the Council Study

This snapshot ้highlights key findings and recommendations of the Council Study, including on potential benefits and impacts of water resource developments in different sectors, and underlines needs and opportunities in the Lower Mekong River Basin (LMB).

Download | Published on: 23 Sep 2019 | Language: English | Size: 1.9 MB

A Journey towards Integrated Water Resources Management in the Lower Mekong Basin 2019

This report, presented through visuals and stories, depicts the efforts by the MRC over six years to transform dialogue to cooperation at the cross-boundary level. It tells how the Commission has strengthened integrated water resources management in the Lower Mekong River Basin via five different projects.

Download | Published on: 03 Jun 2019 | Language: English | Size: 10 MB

Mekong Basin-Wide Fisheries Management and Development Strategy 2018-2022

The strategy focuses on inland capture fisheries, based on the national management and development policies, strategies and plans of the Member Countries. It was developed on the basis of the Integrated Water Resources Management-based Basin Development Strategy for the Lower Mekong Basin 2016-2020.

Download | Published on: 21 Aug 2018 | Language: English | Size: 3.5 MB

Mitigation of the Impacts of Dams on Fisheries: A Primer

While dams bring many benefits, this report summarises possible negative impacts of dams on fisheries and approaches to mitigate the impacts.

Download | Published on: 24 May 2018 | Language: English | Size: 9.7 MB

Lee Trap Fishery Monitoring in Southern Laos Reveals Fishery Resources Degradation from 2008 to 2013

This management series report presents findings from the Lee Trap Fishery Monitoring Programme in southern Lao PDR between 2008 and 2013. It concludes that fishery resources in southern Lao PDR is degraded in some extent and calls for more research and deeper analysis.

Download | Published on: 17 May 2018 | Language: English | Size: 2.8 MB

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