The Mekong, the “Mother of Rivers” is a vast ecosystem stemming from the source river towards tributaries, streams, swamps, flood plains, and deltas. Much of this bionetwork functions as rearing and spawning areas or migration corridors between these critical zones. Among the world’s most diverse fisheries systems, the Mekong is home to more than one thousand species of freshwater fish.
Local communities in the river basin, particularly those downriver, rely on fish as their major source of protein.
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