Some years ago, I surprised my husband with a half-day ATV-adventure ride. It was one of the best experiences we both had together. In one of our rest-stops, we saw this man trying his luck at fishing in this small river, one of the many tributaries of the Mekong River.
To those who are not in the know, the Mekong River is one of the most dynamic rivers in the world and home to multitudes of freshwater species and other aquatic resources. Sadly, recent developments along the Mekong river countries that include Thailand, Laos, Burma, Cambodia, Vietnam, and most especially China, have resulted to profound, negative effects on this mighty river. Local fishermen talk about dwindling catch, and fish caught are smaller in sizes compared to the last decade or so. It is troubling indeed. I hope the government and other organisations will work towards protecting the Mekong river – focusing on the issues of deforestation, construction of dams, as well as over-fishing. I would also like to include provision of alternative sources of livelihood for the locals.