|Tuna fishing in Indonesia. Photo: ACIAR|
So why do we care? People need fish. In areas such as the Mekong, fisheries contribute immensely to people’s lives. In 2008 there were 3.9 million tonnes of fish caught in the Mekong, which added 12% to Cambodia’s GDP and 7% to Lao PDR’s. In many South East Asian and Pacific countries they are the primary source of animal protein and important micro-nutrients such as calcium and Vitamin A. Fish also provide important ecological functions such as regulating food webs and nutrient balances (mosquito control for example), seed dispersal, and regulating carbon fluxes. Not to mention that they can be good fun to catch!
|Fish farming. Photo: ACIAR|
|A fishway during construction. Photo: ACIAR|
|Completed fishway under high river levels in Lao PDR. Photo: ACIAR|
World Fish Migration Day is celebrated globally on 21 May and this year's theme is 'connecting fish, rivers and people'. For more information, visit the event's website.
By Lachlan Dennis, Graduate Officer, Livestock Production Systems, ACIAR