The Yangtze River Basin Fisheries Supervision and Administration Office of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs of China (MARA), together with the Fisheries Support Center of MARA, the Department of Agriculture and Rural Affairs of Yunnan Province, the People’s Government of Yunnan Xishuangbanna Dai Autonomous Prefecture, and Luang Namtha Province of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, held the 2022 China–Laos joint event for law enforcement and fish propagation and release in the Lancang–Mekong River simultaneously via video link on Nov. 10, 2022.
China and Laos have carried out the joint event for law enforcement and the propagation and release of aquatic species in the Lancang–Mekong River for eight consecutive years. A total of 395,000 juvenile fish including Asian red-tail catfish, large-scale cyprinid and Chinese mahseer, were released. Twenty electrofishers and nearly 30 nets confiscated in border waters were destroyed during the event.
China and Laos have continuously organized joint events for law enforcement and the propagation and release of aquatic species for years, thus comprehensively strengthening the bilateral law enforcement cooperation mechanism, and effectively cracking down on illegal fishing that may damage aquatic resources and ecology.
Thanks to the collective efforts of the two sides, the ecological environment of the Lancang–Mekong River has improved significantly, and the habitat of aquatic species has been effectively protected. Moreover, aquatic resources in the region have been on the rise, and ecological functions have been gradually restored as well.
Such efforts have greatly helped deepen bilateral cooperation on aquatic species protection and fishing industry development, promote the conservation of aquatic resources and sustainable fisheries in the Lancang–Mekong River, and press ahead with a community with a shared future for countries in the Lancang–Mekong region.