Fisheries production

Community fisheries

IN FOCUS: Livelihoods, environment on the line as Thailand pushes for new industrial park

The Thai government has thrown its weight behind a large industrial city project in a coastal area in southern Songkhla. But it is opposed by locals who fear a devastating impact on their hometown. CHANA, Thailand: For Khairiyah Rahmanyah, the sea is life.  She was born and ...

Pichayada Promchertchoo

WWF, fisheries dept announce community co-management for aquatic reserves

World Wide Fund for Nature in Laos (WWF-Laos) in cooperation with the Department of Livestock and Fisheries on Wednesday announced community fishery co-management regulations for Xebanghieng River’s 10 fish reservations of Savannakhet province, focusing on protection of threatened aquatic species. The announcement and official launch of ...

Times Reporters

COVID-19 opens a can of worms for fisherwomen in Cambodia

“I’m used to hearing the sound of laughter every morning as my customers come to buy fish,” says 37-year-old Huon Tim. “But it’s very quiet these days in the village.” For Huon, who runs a small fish and produce stall at the local market in Kampong Por, ...

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 ...

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