This edition features tilapia and silver barb farming, especially in Thailand, a new Cambodian crackdown on illegal structures around the Tonle Sap Lake and the discovery of a species of fish with no eyes in central Lao PDR. It also looks at the ecological characteristics of a fluvial prawn found in mountain basins of southern China and northern Lao PDR, Thailand and Vietnam. The latest edition also contains the second part of a two-part series on fisheries research in the Central Highlands of Viet Nam.


Table of Contents

  1. Aquaculture
    Tilapia culture in the Lower Mekong Basin
    Silver barb renaissance in Thailand

  2. Cambodia’s National Fish Day
    Fishing lot inquiry follows crackdown on illegal structures around Tonle Sap Lake

  3. Policy brief
    Monitoring the Tonle Sap dai fi shery: building on the success

  4. Taxonomy
    French expedition discovers new cave species with no eyes in central Lao PDR

  5. Crustaceans
    Ecological characteristics and use of Macrobrachium yui in northern Lao PDR

  6. 9th Asian Fisheries and Aquaculture Forum
    Asian Fisheries Society presents gold medal award to MRC

  7. Food security
    How vulnerable is national food and nutrition security to mainstream dam development in northern Cambodia?

  8. Central Highlands fisheries
    Fisheries research in the Central Highlands of Viet Nam

  9. Staff
    Recent changes

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Editorial Panel

  • Xaypladeth Choulamany, Fisheries Programme Coordinator
  • Kaviphone Phouthavongs, Fisheries Programme Officer
  • Buoy Roitana, Fisheries Programme Officer
  • Nguyen Hai Son, Fisheries Programme Officer
  • Theerawat Samphawamana, Fisheries Programme Officer
  • Ngor Peng Bun, Capture Fisheries Specialist
  • Malasri Khumsri, Fisheries Management and Governance Specialist


    Editor: Peter Starr
    Designer: Chhut Chheana



The opinions and interpretation expressed within are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of the Mekong River Commission