The Mekong Fish Network connects researchers across borders in the lower Mekong River basin to improve the study, management, and conservation of the river’s unique and valuable fish and wildlife. We work to advance the scientific capacity of regional researchers and institutions, facilitate the sharing and standardized collection of data, and help inform resource use decisions in this ecologically diverse and productive region.
May 20, 2013
The Mekong River is home to many imperiled living treasures: unique fish species of great cultural, economic, and conservation value that are now endangered. The Jullien’s Golden Carp (Probarbus jullieni) and its cousin the Thicklipped Barb (Probarbus labeamajor) are some of the largest freshwater fishes in Southeast Asia, and are both listed as endangered on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List. Though these fishes were once found throughout Southeast Asia, ... Read More
May 6, 2013
The Mekong Fish Network recently spent some time in the spotlight. The environmental and conservation news website mongabay.com interviewed FISHBIO’s conservation director, Harmony Patricio, about the importance and challenges of studying Mekong River fishes, and about the launch of the Mekong Fish Network. “The world needs to realize that the Mekong is like the Amazon rainforest,” Patricio said of the river’s value. “It’s a global resource of incredible diversity and productivity.” ... Read More
March 15, 2013
The Mekong Environmental Symposium, held March 5-7 in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, was a gathering of governmental decision-makers, scientists, and organizations active in the Mekong Basin region. The German Aerospace Center (DLR) and the WISDOM Project hosted the event, which brought together researchers studying river ecology, environmental monitoring, hydrology, socio-economics, energy, and climate change. The goal of WISDOM, a collaboration between Vietnamese and German scientists, was to design and implement ... Read More
The News Star
American coastal experts have traveled to Vietnam to gain help in saving the Mississippi River delta system.
Experts from around the world will spend much of next week in ... Read More
A small herd of water buffalo beats the afternoon heat in the cool waters of the Se San River. Nearby Srekor village is a tranquil place of 400 families ... Read More
The New York Times
In my last post, I described how our attempts at fishing in the Mekong River had produced meager results, which was somewhat puzzling because the Mekong produces ... Read More
Smart fisheries management is a great place to start a conversation about putting the ocean at the center of the world’s biggest challenges. This is because the most profitable ... Read More
Deforestation may significantly decrease the hydroelectric potential of tropical rainforest regions, warns a new study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Science.
The study, led by Claudia M. Stickler ... Read More
Fishing for shad on the Potomac River at Fletcher’s Boathouse is a spring tradition for many Washington-area anglers, including me. As a food source for larger fish, birds of ... Read More
The Fish Site
New scientific analysis from environmental organisation WWF reveals recovery of European fish stocks will take more than 100 years under current proposals by EU Fisheries Ministers.
“No law can ... Read More
The Bristol Bay, Alaska commercial salmon fishery is the world’s most valuable wild salmon fishery and in total produces an astounding annual value of USD 1.5 billion, according to a ... Read More
The 27 Member states and the European Parliament (EP) have agreed on launching the common market organisation (CMO) of fisheries and aquaculture products, including the rules on fish labelling.
This CMO ... Read More
Disclaimer: The Mekong Fish Network compiles recent, relevant news stories to inform its members of current events in the Mekong Basin and worldwide. The MFN does not guarantee that the information contained in these stories is accurate or complete, and does not endorse opinions that may be presented.