Not everyone at the CFL is braving subzero temperatures this winter. Faculty member, Pete McIntyre, is currently working in balmier weather, conducting fieldwork with grad student, Aaron Koning in Thailand, They are looking at fish migrations in the Mekong River and its tributaries.
The Mekong, which flows through parts of China, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam, is a critically important fishery for millions of people, supplying food and commerce. While the main stem of the Mekong is relatively dam free, dams on its tributaries may be cutting off fish spawning habitat and planned future dams could do even more damage. Last night, Pete sent along this dispatch from the field on their run in with a religious custom and its implications for native fish: Continue reading