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.
March 31, 2014
Can protected areas for fish benefit both fish populations and fishing communities? This is a question the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and FISHBIO have been investigating in Lao PDR, and address in a new report. In 2004, WWF officially established Fish Conservation Zones (FCZs) in the Nam Kading River, Central Lao PDR, as part of their Community Fisheries Program (ComFish). The goals of these no-fishing zones are ... Read More
February 21, 2014
Fresh roasted fish and sticky rice accompanied conversations about fish populations and community fisheries management at a lunch celebrating the close of the Mekong Fish Network’s first participatory fisher survey program in Lao PDR. FISHBIO conducted this pilot study with a grant from the Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund, and facilitation help from the Sang Thong District Agriculture and Forestry Office. For three months, fishermen from the villages of ... Read More
February 10, 2014
When people think of sharks and their relatives, the threat of attack from a menacing White Shark (Carcharodon carcharias) is often first to come to mind. But it turns out the actions of humans pose a much bigger threat to this diverse group of fishes than the fish do to us. A recent scientific article published in the journal eLIFE estimates that one out of every four chondrichthyan fish species (i.e., sharks, ... Read More
National News Bureau of Thailand
18 April 2014
The water level in the Mekong River is constantly decreasing as drought continues, while 200 families in Maha Sarakham Province are in urgent ... Read More
16 April 2014
A vandal has killed a Mekong giant catfish being raised in a pond in a public park in Trang municipality and loved by local people, causing ... Read More
Phnom Penh Post
20 March 2014
Already under attack by overfishing, pollution and deforestation, Tonle Sap Lake fisheries face an even bigger threat in the form of hydropower dams, according to ... Read More
South China Morning Post
23 April 2014
The possible home of the endangered and highly priced Hong Kong grouper in Sai Kung should be turned into a marine park to better ... Read More
25 March 2014
Cape Town – Rhino poaching in Africa is consistently rising, illustrating that poachers have the upper hand.
According to the SABC, over the past few years poaching in ... Read More
31 January 2014
The ‘Global Freshwater Fish BioBlitz’ kicks off on World Wetlands Day to engage nature lovers in freshwater fish conservation. The Freshwater Fish Specialist Group (FFSG), of the ... Read More
21 April 2014
The seafood on your dinner plate is starting to look a little fishy.
A new study that examined illegal and unreported marine harvests brought into the United ... Read More
26 March 2014
Our oceans make up 71 percent of the Earth’s surface, contain 80 percent of all biodiversity, drive global weather systems and have provided a wonderful and ... Read More
International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development
25 March 2014
The United States, the EU, Japan, Philippines, Indonesia, and Colombia earlier this month pledged to scale up efforts to counteract ... 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.