Mass fish release on Lo River on Vu Lan fest

Vietnam Plus More than 1.2 tonnes of young fish were released onto the Lo River in the northern province of Tuyen Quang on September 4 on the occasion of the Buddhist festival of Vu Lan. Of the total, there were 10,000 fry of indigenous fish species that are facing extinction. The event aimed at promoting the protection and conservation of marine resources. The Vu Lan festival, also Read More…

Murky data on water pollution puts health at risk in Asia

Reuters In Mongolia, herders living outside the capital Ulaanbaatar, near the Tuul River, fear deteriorating water quality is making their livestock sick. In Indonesia, shrimp farmers in Serang who rely on the Ciujung River have seen their catches fall, and some have developed skin problems. In south-central Thailand, villagers near the Map Ta Phut Industrial Estate, home to petrochemical Read More…

Rural Vietnam areas face environmental pollution

Vietnam Plus The use of pesticides and chemical fertiliser in farming and the discharge of solid waste from craft villages and households are the main causes of rural environmental pollution, which has become more severe recently in a country with nearly 67 percent of the population living in rural areas. According to  the Vietnam Environment Administration (VEA), a lot of waste is generated Read More…

Cambodia Government OKs Fisheries Amendment, Allows Smaller Mesh

The Cambodia Daily Streamlining fisheries cantonments and allowing finer fishing nets to allow for a bigger catch will be introduced as part of an amendment to the Fisheries Law signed off by the Council of Ministers on Friday, an official said. The amendment gives provincial agriculture departments the responsibility to oversee the work of provincial fisheries cantonments, said Ing Try, Read More…

Fishing banned in Thai ore-contaminated creek

Bangkok Post UDON THANI – Fishing has been banned in part of a creek found to be contaminated with heavy metals after a trailer truck loaded with copper ore plunged into it in Kumphawapi district early this month. Copper, lead, arsenic, cadmium, mercury, nickel and zinc were found in clay-dune samples taken from Huay Sampad creek in tambon Pasuk after the truck overturned on Mittraparb Road Read More…

Fishery exports and Least Developed Countries

United Nations A new UNCTAD study examines the development potential of the fishery sector in selected Least Developed Countries in Africa and Asia, providing policy recommendations to overcome challenges on both the supply and demand sides. Fish is one of the world's most traded food commodities and, with the global population growing to an expected 9.7 billion people by 2050, demand for it Read More…

Hundreds of Mekong giant catfish released

Phnom Penh Post Two hundred juvenile specimens of the critically endangered Mekong giant catfish were released by the Preah Sihanouk Provincial Fisheries Administration into freshwater reservoirs on Sunday evening in an effort to help preserve the species – which can grow up to 350 kilograms. The rare behemoths are believed to be the largest freshwater fish species in the world – a Read More…

‘Understand, protect, share benefits of biodiversity’

Business Mirror ‘Many species in our country were already extinct before I was born,” lamented Sophea Chhin, a young biodiversity information specialist from Cambodia. Nevertheless, he said, there’s always new species waiting to be discovered—protected and conserved. Chhin, who was among the 10 recognized as Asean Biodiversity Heroes, said governments play a very important role in Read More…

Why fishermen are planting trees

Phnom Penh Post Sao Theang steers his boat through the waters in and around the mangrove forest of Preynub, close to Sihanoukville on the Cambodian coast. It’s beautiful scenery and Theang tells us he hopes tourist numbers will start to pick up. As the head of Chumpu Khmao Community Fishery, he and his community already make a good living from shrimp, fish, mussels and other plentiful Read More…

How climate change is already disrupting lives in Vietnam’s Mekong…

The Ecologist Climate change its causing flooding and droughts that damage agricultural land in the Mekong Delta region of Vietnam. The "rice bowl" of Asia produces 57 percent of rice production for the country - including 80 percent of its exports. Farmers in the tropical southern region of Vietnam’s Mekong Delta today continue to build dams around their fields to protect the land from Read More…