Catching eels at home

When people talk about “fishing by hand” in Laos, it can literally mean sticking your hand with a hook into the hole of an eel. Freshwater eels Read More…

The Scoop Net Brigade

Fishes of the genus Schistura can be commonly found in the rivers of Lao PDR. Catching these small loaches that live among the stones of the riverbed Read More…

Trees into charcoal

Hydropower development in rural areas of Laos can change the lives of local people in ways that often are not well studied. Last year, FISHBIO staff in Read More…

Life afloat

Tonle Sap Lake has been called the heart of the Mekong. This dynamic Cambodian lake is the largest freshwater body in Southeast Asia, and it has been Read More…

Little fishers

You’re never too young to start fishing in the Mekong River basin. In places like Lao PDR where people depend on fish and other aquatic animals for Read More…

Need a lift?

  Lift nets (called Gadung in Lao) are one of the most common types of fishing gear used in Southeast Asia. The gear consists of a fine Read More…

One fish

People of Southeast Asia are extremely dependent on the aquatic resources of the highly productive Mekong River for subsistence and income. We captured this photo in the Read More…

FISHBIO outmigration monitoring?

No, these fishers aren't part of our FISHBIO field research crew that have given up on more modern outmigration sampling methods. They are subsistence fishers that know Read More…

Cantilever contraption

Throughout history all over the world humans have devised a variety of methods to catch fish. Although we may favor rod and reel with light line to Read More…

Eking out a living

In the United States, with our high standard of living, extensive agriculture, aquaculture, and marine fishery resources, and associated distribution and retail system, we often forget that Read More…