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Laos Threatens Big Fish

Postby aggiechiro » Sat Sep 25, 2010 10:08 pm

Despite the risks to the world's biggest freshwater fish, Laos has rejected calls for a dam moratorium on the lower reaches of the Mekong because it wants cheap power to develop its economy. The south-east Asian nation moved this week to secure regional approval for the first major hydropower plant on its stretch of the river in the face of protests from international conservation groups.

The MMRC – made up of representatives from Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam and Thailand – will now assess the environmental impact of the project, but conservation groups fear the procedure is flawed and have called for a 10-year moratorium on hydropower on the river.

Four of the world's 10 biggest freshwater fish migrate up the Mekong to spawn. Among them is the Mekong giant catfish, which is the size of a bull shark, and the Mekong stingray, which can weigh up to 600kg.


http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/sep/24/laos-hydropower-plant-mekong-river
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Re: Laos Threatens Big Fish

Postby aggiechiro » Sat Sep 25, 2010 10:09 pm

i think it would be a real shame if these fish were lost, but i back their right to a reliable domestic power source that will generate enough excess that they can sell it. a neat big fish means nothing when poeple starve and hospitals can't keep the lights on. animal rights have to always come second to our own.
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Re: Laos Threatens Big Fish

Postby Bill Herian » Tue Sep 28, 2010 2:23 pm

I was watching a t.v show about all these giant river fish (a river monsters spinoff) and there is a place in southeast asia where someone or some organization has taken a tract of land and made large ponds where all these species live. A guy was catching these giant catfish from a 3 or 4 acre pond, it was pretty neat. It's sad that these fish are threatened but money talks and its gonna keep talkin here. Reliable power creates a lot of oppurtunites for a region that is dirt frickin poor.
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Re: Laos Threatens Big Fish

Postby aggiechiro » Tue Sep 28, 2010 3:50 pm

Bill Herian wrote:Reliable power creates a lot of oppurtunites for a region that is dirt frickin poor.


like the ability to have reliable clean drinking water and hospitals, something most laotians(sp?) do without.
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