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Moratorium Needed on Mekong River Dams

Few development schemes pose more serious risks to food security, fisheries, and aquatic ecosystems than the construction of proposed hydropower dams on the main channel of the Mekong River in Southeast Asia. Three years ago, in an environmental assessment of those proposed dams, the Mekong River Commission – the body that oversees regional cooperation in…

How I Fell in Love With Monster Fish (and Why You Should Too)

It was an unlikely relationship. I grew up in central Arizona, one of the driest places in the United States. My parents are economists. My two brothers went into finance. Catfish aren’t the cutest or most loveable creatures. Even so, by the time I made it halfway around the world to see my first one,…

Three Megafish Species Imperiled by Lao’s Mekong River Dam

On November 7, 2012, the government of Lao PDR held an official groundbreaking ceremony for the Xayaburi dam, the first mainstream dam on the Lower Mekong River. The Xayaburi dam, the first of eleven dams planned for the mainstream of the lower Mekong River, will likely reduce ecosystem service values and undercut livelihoods of people…

Mekong Giant Catfish: Freshwater Species of the Week

  Many of the biggest names in conservation are set to meet September 6-15 on picturesque Jeju Island off South Korea for the 2012 IUCN World Conservation Congress. To kick off that event IUCN is launching a new report this week called The Status and Distribution of Freshwater Biodiversity in Indo-Burma. The IUCN report is the first ever…