BTW, the pictures shown here is nothing to do with my trip. Credit to National Geographic in where I got those pictures from.
A fisher returns to shore with a Mekong giant catfish caught at Khone Falls in Laos. The huge species is illegal to catch and is generally caught accidentally. Today there may only be a few hundred adult giant catfish left in the entire Mekong River system. The group of fishers who caught this giant catfish initially hoped to sell it. But when they could not find any buyers, they ended up distributing the meat among people in their village.
A child poses with the head of a Mekong giant catfish caught at Khone Falls in Laos. The giant catfish was once plentiful throughout the Mekong River system, but in the last century the population has declined 95 to 99 percent, according to Hogan of the Megafishes Project. Last year only one giant catfish was caught at Khone Falls. "Everyone heard about the catch, and hundreds of people showed up to look at it," said photographer Suthep Kritsanavarin.
A young boy uses a rope to drag himself across the raging Sahong channel at Khone Falls in Laos. The Sahong channel is the only channel in the area without a waterfall—and is the proposed site for a hydroelectric dam that environmentalists say will cut off a vital migratory fish route. So far the Mekong remains almost untouched. Only China has dammed the main stream of the river at two locations. But there are now plans for a dozen dams to be built on the Mekong in China, Laos, and Thailand. "The Mekong River is the most productive river on Earth," said Hogan of the Megafishes Project. "The damming of the river could have devastating consequences for fisheries."
A man named Samnieng traverses Khone Falls in Laos holding a basket trap for catching fish. Barefoot fishers use bamboo ladders to reach the middle of the falls to jam the trap between rocks to hold it in place. "It takes a lot of skill, and it's very scary," said photographer Kritsanavarin. "There have been tourists who have fallen into these waters and died."
Bamboo filter traps stand in the raging waters of the Sahong channel at Khone Falls in Laos. The fishing contraptions force fish up angled bamboo ramps where they land at the fishers' feet. "The way the fish is caught is totally in sync with the environment," said Hogan of the Megafishes Project. "Water goes up and down according to the flood cycle, so the fishers have very specific, efficient, and elegant methods of fishing based on the season." Conservationists warn that a proposed dam on the channel will devastate the fisheries there.
Giant Catfish Faces Dam Risk in Asia
(Giant Mekong Catfish = Pangasianodon gigas)