Fisheries production

Community fisheries

Safeguarding livelihoods for fishing communities in Mekong Countries

The community at Dun Ei, a fishing village 180 kilometers northwest of Phnom Penh, has been making a living through fishing along the Pursat River for generations. In recent years, however, river structures, such as dams and dikes, have been preventing fish from migrating upstream ...

Officials to meet on Mekong crisis as fishing communities suffer

On Cambodia’s Tonle Sap, record low water levels have plunged fishing communities into crisis but with warnings of “severe drought”, there are concerns the situation will get even worse. “Every day we can only find about one or two kilogrammes (two or four pounds) of fish, ...

Leonie Kijewski

Vietnam's Cham Islands successfully protect biodiversity

CHÀM ISLANDS, Vietnam – Local fisherman Huynh Tan Loc now earns his living mostly from home-stay and food services or night-fishing on a boat rather than regular fishing. Loc, 56, and his wife can earn VND350,000 (US$15) per night from renting out a room, excluding food, ...

Debt and misery stalk the delta’s salt farms

Life’s hard for the salt farming communities in the far south of Ayeyarwady Region, where services are basic, food is scarce and debt is never-ending. It’s a 90-minute motorbike journey south from the Ayeyarwady delta town of Labutta before you get the first glimpses of the ...

Kyaw Lin Htoon

Dams threaten traditional way of life in Mekong Basin

 Sak Siam, 69, chief of Chnok Tru, a village in central Cambodia, is worried. The floating village of about 1,700 households is located on a tributary of the Mekong River. “The villagers will be unable to survive if the fish catch decreases further,” he said. Hydroelectric ...

Laos' hydropower ambitions threaten Mekong fishing villages

The tiny Southeast Asian nation of Laos champions itself as “the battery of Southeast Asia,” exporting hydroelectricity to its neighbors as it seeks to exit the ranks of least developed countries. Keep reading ...

Zeb Hogan: “Mekong Giant Fish is declining, dam will drive them to extinction”

Dr. Zeb Hogan, research biologist at the University of Nevada, Reno, host of National Geographic’s Monster Fish show, and principle investigator of the Wonder of the Mekong Project funded by USAID, visited Cambodia to join the celebration of National Fish Day at the Fisheries Administration ...

Giant river prawns recover in Mekong Delta after long decline

After a long period of decline, the last two years have seen an increase in output of giant river prawns in the Mekong Delta. Giant river prawns are resilient to disease, easy to raise, and require little capital. They also offer high and stable profitability ...

Mining exploration set for region home to endangered river dolphins

Australian mining firm Medusa Mining has announced plans to begin exploration for gold, copper and oil in Kratie province’s Prek Kampi commune, about 35 kilometres west of a stretch of the Mekong River that is home to endangered river dolphins.Keep reading ...

Robin Spiess & Brendan O’Byrne

When There Are No More Fish

Climate change, drought, and development have devastated Cambodia’s Tonle Sap Lake, which feeds millions across Southeast Asia[]Governments along the Mekong insist dams are necessary to supply electricity to growing populations and industries. The costs are steep. One model, carried out by a team from Stanford ...

Abby Seiff

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