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.
December 9, 2013
Millions of people depend on the fisheries of the Mekong River and its tributaries for food and income, and many engage in small-scale artisanal fishing. In order to gather vital information on the status and trends of Mekong fish populations, the Mekong Fish Network is testing a Standard Sampling Program that draws on the participation of fishers themselves. The highly variable abundance and high biodiversity of Mekong fishes present challenges to surveying ... Read More
September 30, 2013
Wind and strong sunshine marked a recent day of fieldwork as we documented the boundaries of proposed fish safe havens on the Mekong River in Lao PDR. Staff from IUCN, FISHBIO, the National University of Laos and government offices worked together with local villagers to outline Fish Conservation Zones, or FCZs. These “no fishing zones” provide refuge and protected breeding areas to benefit future generations of fish. A ... Read More
August 20, 2013
Scientific research can inform the best designs and strategies to help fish move past migration barriers, such as dams, weirs, and road crossings. That was the take-home message of the Lao National Workshop on Fish Passage recently held in Vientiane, Lao People’s Democratic Republic. Experts from Lao PDR, Australia, Brazil, France, and the United States shared experiences addressing fish passage in their respective countries. Speakers stressed that fish passageways in Lao PDR need to ... Read More
25 November 2013
The highest punishment level for a behavior of violating the environment law is the fine of VND500 million. A behavior will be considered as the violation ... Read More
22 November 2013
Voice of America
18 November 2013
PHNOM PENH – Members of a fishing community in Battambang province say overfishing has increased in recent years, fueled in part by collusion between criminals ... Read More
Science Network Western Australia
3 December 2013
Western Australian researchers are conducting a global initiative to evaluate the importance of sharks for conservation and economic development, in a bid to slow ... Read More
13 November 2013
Indonesian scientists working together with counterparts from the University of California have announced the discovery of a new species of fish in East Nusa Tenggara.
The new ... Read More
26 October, 2013
From air pollution in China, to a new dam on the Mekong River in Cambodia, to oil exploration in South America, this week we take a look ... Read More
2 December 2013
The albatross and life at sea have been linked for centuries.
But the death of an albatross means far more than bad luck for sailors. It signifies ... Read More
27 November 2013
The European Commission’s proposed ban on fish imports from Cambodia would cause no harm to the country’s fish exports since it has never sold fish to ... Read More
26 November 2013
The EU Commission has proposed bans on fisheries imports from Cambodia, Belize and Guinea, accusing them of failing to curb illegal fishing. Three other nations have ... 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.