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SEAFDEC IFRDMD conducts survey on Promotion of responsible utilization of inland fisheries in Lao PDR
Activity 15 April 2016

From 13 to 17 March 2016, SEAFDEC IFRDMD conducted a survey research in Vientiane, Lao PDR, budgeted by JTF VI. This activity was part of the project on Promotion of responsible utilization of inland fisheries in Southeast Asia. The survey aims to review the status, activities, and methodologies for promoting inland fisheries in the ASEAN Member States. Three staff of IFRDMD, Dr. Satoshi Honda, Dr. Safran Makmur and Mr. Siswanta Kaban, took part in the survey by obtaining information from selected municipalities in Department of Livestock and Fisheries (DLF), Living Aquatic Resources Research Centre (LARReC), fishers in surrounding of Nam Houm Reservoir, Nam Hum Reservoir, Nam Ngum Reservoir, Nong Nok Community Base Fisheries.

Lao PDR is a mountainous, land-linked country in the heart of Southeast Asia. Its area is 236,800 km2, of which 87.7% (207,674 km2) drains into the Mekong River, making up 26.1% of the Mekong Basin, and contributing about 35% of the Mekong River’s discharge. Another 12.3% in the north-eastern area drains to the north of Viet Nam into rivers that flow into the China Sea. Almost all this country territory is of enormous importance, both for fishery resources and for its rich aquatic biodiversity. In this country, capture fisheries and aquaculture based on water resource ecosystems mainly consisting of river and streams, hydropower and irrigation reservoir, diversion weirs, small water bodies, flood plains and wet-season rice-fields. Mekong River Commission has noted that the total area of water resources for capture fisheries is believed to be more than 1.2 million ha. The estimated consumption of inland fish in Lao PDR is approximately 167,922 tons per year while consumption of other aquatic animals is estimated at 40,581 tons per year. Most of the consumption is from internal production (i.e. imports are of minor importance), so these figures represent approximate catches or yield of the fisheries. These estimated yields are conservatively valued at almost US$150 million per year.

IFRDMD got the information that the development of the country’s aquatic resources would be mainstreamed in the development plans of government, considering that it is a key component in ensuring food for rural people, as well as providing the additional income and employment opportunities. The results of the survey would be analyzed and used as primary information/data for planning and development of future project activities. (by: dina_mth)

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