Dam right: Improving opportunities for reservoir fisheries

Matthew McCartney -

Dams, like Nam Gnouang Dam in Lao PDR, can impact reservoir fisheries
Nam Gnouang Dam, on a tributary of the Nam Theun River in Laos. Photo by Eric Baran.

This World Water Day, WorldFish and the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), key partners in the CGIAR Research Program on Fish Agri-Food Systems (FISH), reflect on how improved dam operation and reservoir management can, in some circumstances, mitigate the often negative impacts of large dams on natural fish stocks.

Understanding well-being in the dried fish sector in Bangladesh

Kate Bevitt -

Workers sort through dried fish in Bangladesh.

Exploitative working conditions in the dried fish sector in Bangladesh are undermining the well-being of workers, while at the same time potentially contributing to the positive well-being of those who employ them. This is the finding of new research by WorldFish and partners that sheds an important light on the largely ‘invisible’ dried fish sector in Bangladesh, and enhances the concept of well-being in small-scale fisheries research.

Creating a splash: small-scale fisheries research as a catalyst for change

Kim Hunnam -

Gill nets in Adara, Timor-Leste.

In many instances, research focused on small-scale fisheries is trying to improve human wellbeing, nutrition, and the way we manage our natural resources. But how does “doing research” lead to such real-world change? This was a topic of discussion at the recent Symposium on Resilient Small-Scale Fisheries hosted by WorldFish at its headquarters in Penang, Malaysia.