This edition looks at trans-boundary fisheries cooperation between Cambodia and Viet Nam and recent efforts to strengthen Mekong cooperation involving Japan, South Korea and the United States. It also examines the challenges to both community fisheries and the world's longest-running gender and fisheries network. Other articles cover the value and vulnerability of the Mekong's deep pool habitats and the damage to household assets following devastating floods in Cambodia.

Table of Contents

  1. Flood damage to household assets 
    Fishing nets and boats most common assets damaged by floods in Cambodia

  2. Trans-boundary management
    A tale of two districts

  3. Research
    Pathways for fisheries-related information in Cambodia

  4. Gender
    In for the long haul

  5. Policy brief
    Deep pools in the Mekong: valuable and vulnerable fish habitats?

  6. Community fisheries
    The challenge of sustaining a commitment

  7. Cambodia's National Fish Day
    Prime minister outlines cooperation measures to protect fisheries resources

  8. Diplomacy
    Foreign ministers endorse two-track approach for Mekong cooperation

  9. Staff
    Head of Cambodian research institute named Fisheries Programme coordinator

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Editorial Panel

  • So Nam, Fisheries Programme Coordinator
  • Peter Degen, Chief Technical Advisor
  • Souvanny Phommakone, Fisheries Programme Officer
  • 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