This edition looks at the damage to Thai aquaculture industry caused by Thailand's worst floods in half a century, efforts to rebuild stocks of the once-abundant giant freshwater prawn in the Tonle Sap and the discovery of a new species of walking catfish in Viet Nam. In addition, it examines the impacts of climate change on floods and fisheries, the expanding business of a Thai food conglomerate in Viet Nam and the potential for aquaculture in Cambodia. The latest edition also covers recent management changes at the Thai Department of Fisheries and regional efforts to train gender trainers.


Table of Contents

  1. Flood damage to aquatic resources
    Worst fl oods in half a century devastate Thai aquaculture industry

  2. Escapees
    Catching escaped crocodiles

  3. Stock enhancement
    Rebuilding stocks of once-abundant freshwater prawns around the Tonle Sap

  4. Taxonomy
    Singapore, Vietnamese researchers describe new species of walking catfish

  5. Hydropower development
    Further study on impact of Mekong mainstream development required

  6. Aquaculture
    Third edition of better management manual for Vietnamese catfish farmers

  7. Climate change in the Lower Mekong Basin
    Impacts on floods and fisheries

  8. Management changes
    New management at Department of Fisheries in Thailand 24 Investment

  9. Investment
    CP Hong Kong arm expects Viet Nam acquisition to be key growth driver

  10. Interview
    Cambodia’s potential for reservoir fisheries

  11. Development
    Viet Nam to set up high-growth economic zone in four Mekong Delta provinces

  12. Gender
    Training the gender trainers

  13. Staff
    Recent changes

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Editorial Panel

  • Xaypladeth Choulamany, Fisheries Programme Coordinator
  • Peter Degen, Chief Technical Advisor
  • Buoy Roitana, Fisheries Programme Officer
  • Theerawat Samphawamana, Fisheries Programme Officer
  • Nguyen Hai Son, Fisheries Programme Officer
  • Malasri Khumsri, Fisheries Management and Governance Specialist
  • Ngor Peng Bun, Capture Fisheries Specialist
  • Kong Sovanara, Aquaculture 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