FISHBIO Laos Director/Fisheries Biologist
Sinsamout Ounboundisane is a fisheries biologist with more than 10 years of experience in research and community development in relation to aquatic resources. His expertise includes participatory research and management methods, community workshop development and facilitation, alternative livelihood options, government liaising, environmental research and monitoring, and small-scale aquaculture. He has extensive experience in establishing regulations and community enforcement of co-managed Fish Conservation Zones in both Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR) and Myanmar. He has led trainings on fish tagging and the collection of fisheries and macroinvertebrate data, and has designed surveys for monitoring aquatic biodiversity.
As the company director of FISHBIO Laos in Vientiane, Lao PDR, Sinsamout manages office and field operations, oversees budgets, supervises staff, and maintains regular contact with government offices. He previously worked with World Vision Laos, Health Unlimited, and the Lao Department of Livestock and Fisheries, where he coordinated regional development activities related to aquaculture, livelihoods, wetlands valuation, and community fisheries management. Sinsamout holds a master’s degree in aquaculture and aquatic resources management from the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) in Bangkok. He is a native Lao speaker and has strong written and verbal communication skills in both English and Thai.
Key FISHBIO Projects
- Fish Conservation Zones for Endangered Mekong Fishes
- A Guidebook for Evaluating Fish Conservation Zones in Laos
- Fisheries Monitoring in the Nam Ngiep River
- Lao Fish Breeding Station Review
- Chindwin River Fish and Turtle Conservation
- Ecosystem Services of Wetlands in Cambodia and Vietnam
Selected Reports and Publications
Loury, E. S. Ainsley, and S. Ounboundisane. 2019. Guidelines for Assessing Fish Conservation Zones in Lao PDR. FISHBIO Laos, Vientiane Capital, Lao PDR. (Download PDF)
Ounboundisane, S., E. Loury, B. Chamsinh, and F. Guegan. 2019. Status Report on Fish Conservation Zones in Lao PDR. Prepared for the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund. FISHBIO Laos, Vientiane Capital, Lao PDR. (Download PDF)
Patricio, H.C., S.A. Zipper, M.L. Peterson, S.M. Ainsley, E.K. Loury, S. Ounboundisane, and D.B. Demko. 2018. Fish catch and community composition in a data-poor Mekong River subcatchment characterised through participatory surveys of harvest from an artisanal fishery. Marine and Freshwater Research 70(2): 153-168. DOI: 10.1071/MF17338
Ainsley, S. and S. Ounboundisane. 2016. Participatory fisher survey pilot study in Sangthong District, Vientiane Capital, Lao People’s Democratic Republic: Final Summary Report (October 2013-January 2014). Prepared by FISHBIO for the Lao Department of Livestock and Fisheries, Provincial Agriculture and Forestry Office, and District Agriculture and Forestry Office.
Ounboundisane, S., S. Ainsley, and H. Patricio. 2013. Evaluation of spillover contribution from Fish Conservation Zones (Freshwater Protected Areas) to village fishing catches in the Nam Kading River, Bolikhamxay Province, Lao PDR. Prepared by FISHBIO for World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Greater Mekong Programme.
Ounboundisane, S. Local and scientific knowledge on improvement of criteria for establishing Fish Conservation Zones (FCZs) in man-made reservoirs: A case study in southern Laos. 2008. Master’s Thesis, Asian Institute of Technology.