In this issue, Catch and Culture looks at a new fish species discovered in the Mekong Delta and transboundary fisheries cooperation between Lao PDR and Thailand as well as Cambodia and Viet Nam. We also report on Cambodia-Lao efforts to conserve Mekong dolphins and the return of a highly-endangered turtle from Viet Nam to Cambodia.

Table of Contents

  1. Fisheries monitoring
    Assertions that fish stocks are significantly declining remain controversial

  2. Aquatic reptiles
    Critically-endangered turtle returned to Cambodia from Viet Nam

  3. Taxonomy
    Scientists describe new species of priapium fish from Mekong in Viet Nam

  4. Aquaculture
    Vietnamese catfish production seen falling in 2012 on weak EU demand

  5. Water, economics and security
    Time for action to protect and manage water as global strategic resource

  6. Trans-boundary and fisheries cooperation (1)
    New trans-boundary project finalised for Lao-Thai stretch of Mekong

  7. Trans-boundary fisheries cooperation (2)
    Cambodia, Viet Nam agree to details of cross-border fisheries project

  8. Trans-boundary conservation
    Lao, Cambodia authorities urged to take action to protect last six Lao dolphins

  9. Fisheries management
    Asia-Pacific regional consultation forum identifies major challenges to fisheries

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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