This issue looks at political efforts to expand regional fisheries cooperation, management of a species of cave prawn in Lao PDR, hybrid catfish development in Thailand and a project that recommends increased use of guppies to control the spread of dengue. It also contains an update on fish in both the Lower and Upper Mekong Basins and a short history of the communications revolution in agriculture over the past three decades.

Table of Contents

  1. Crustaceans
    Efforts towards managing cave prawn stocks in northern Lao PDR
  2. Hybridization
    Interspecific hybrid catfish in Thailand
  3. Health
    Researchers recommend greater use of guppies to control spread of dengue
  4. Food security (1)
    East Asia Summit calls for expanding cooperation on fisheries management
  5. Food security (2)
    Food security and nutrition emerge among top priorities on global agenda
  6. Basin update
    Updated information on fish and fisheries in the Mekong Basin
  7. Communication
    Science story telling
  8. Hydropower (1)
    Lao PDR  submits notification on the Don Sahong Hydropower Project
  9. Hydropower (2
    Green growth for the Mekong
  10. Politics
    Ouk Rabun named as agriculture minister in new Cambodian government

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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