The fishermen of Si Phan Don in the south of Laos risk their lives on a daily basis to catch just enough fish for their own consumption. Fragile fish traps ingeniously mounted in the rushing waters of the Khone Falls catch Mekong Catfish swimming upstream to their spawning grounds. Ten planned dams in the Mekong […]
Vietnamese with illegal fishing techniques have depleted our fish levels
Fishermen risk their lives every day, just to catch a meal of fish, in the raging Khone Falls of southern Laos.
Deadliest Catch is a hugely popular TV series on Discovery Channel. This reality show portrays the tough men of crab fishing vessels on the Bering Sea. I wonder if these daredevils would still be so tough if they had to jump in the raging Khone Falls for a handful of fish. Because that’s the daily […]
This year’s flood has submerged too much land. It’s good for the fish, but not for the farmers and fishermen. Correction: According to Prof. Chavalit Vidthayanon, fishery expert of the Mekong River Commission, this flooding may actually cause the spread of invasive non native species from fish farms. This may endanger local fish species. André […]
I was born and raised here. I used to fish for a living. But now I turned to rice farming. There’s only little fish left. That’s because the water level is dropping every year. there’s not enough fish to eat, let alone to sell. The last few years the water has been very low.
Vo Van Tuan (34), fisherman and owner of small fish farm in his floating house in the Mekong delta in southern Vietnam.
I’ve lived here for almost 20 years. There used to be a lot of Fish in this water. Now there are many people and everybody is fishing. So the fish is gone.
Some people did not have enough food. They had to lock their door and leave for the main land.
This river has no future, we can’t fish for a living anymore. People will have to move to the main land where business is good. The local river people have no future here.
Some people had floating fish farms but they got no profit. they had to sell their farms and leave their place.
If you only catch one kilo of fish in a whole day, how can you live?
“Until a few years ago I only ate big fish. I sold the little ones. Now I eat the small ones myself.”