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 25, 2013
Visualizing the scope of development on the Mekong River just got much easier. The Challenge Program on Water and Food (CPWF)-Mekong has compiled an extensive database that they assert includes every known dam and reservoir that is planned, commissioned, or under construction in the Mekong River Basin. Now, the group has created a detailed map of those locations, revealing the extent of basin development either underway or on the horizon. The group ... Read More
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
Beijing’s plans for dam construction in the Yunnan province, a crucial part of China’s 10-year development strategy, are an interesting puzzle. Two rivers run nearly parallel through this impoverished ... Read More
The Cambodia Daily
About 200 people from Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia affected by hydropower dam projects on the Mekong River and its tributaries gathered in Phnom Penh on Monday to share ... Read More
One hundred rare turtle hatchlings have been released into the Mekong River in Cambodia as part of conservation efforts, after receiving a traditional Buddhist blessing from monks.
Listed as endangered ... Read More
A significant decline in the numbers of native fish in Australia’s Murray-Darling Basin may be linked to released dam water being too cold for breeding.
This is just one of ... 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
New York Times
Fishing vessels that deploy gill nets snare and drown at least 400,000 seabirds every year, and the actual figure could be considerably higher, according to research published in ... 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
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.