Applied production models are being developed to optimise yields from culture based fisheries practices in flood plain depressions and reservoir coves in. The project is being implemented through village community participation in two provinces of Lao PDR from 2007-2009. The findings will be disseminated to other suitable provinces, thereby augmenting the current food fish availability, particularly in the lean period of the capture fisheries, and raising the income of village communities. Information will be provided on optimal stocking densities, size at stocking, species combinations and ratios and most beneficial harvesting size.
Catfish farming in the Mekong Delta, the bulk of which is still undertaken by relatively small-scale producers, is one of the largest freshwater aquaculture industries in the world. The sector has already reached the forecast for 2010 of a production of 1 million tonnes with export value of 1 billion US$. Current farming practices need to be improved in many fronts and issues of environmental integrity addressed to ensure the industry continues to develop in a sustainable manner.