The Mekong River Commission (MRC) is piloting a Joint Environmental Monitoring (JEM) Program for Mekong mainstream hydropower projects. The program is being undertaken at two existing dams before being extended to all planned dams on the mainstem of the Mekong. During the pilot program’s inception phase, a gap in fish pass monitoring methodology was identified.
The aim of the project is not to develop and implement a systematic methodology but rather test the guidelines and provide recommendations for sustainable fish pass monitoring methodologies in the Mekong River Basin.
Fisheries monitoring in the Mekong Basin to assess impacts of mainstream hydropower projects as part of the Mekong River Joint Environment Monitoring (JEM) Program (2020 -2023)
Funding eWater managing the Australian Water Partnership (DFAT funded) $482,881
This will result in a method for monitoring fish passage in hydropower projects along the Mekong River, which could lead to improvements in the design of the fish passage structures.
It will also provide information to create an understanding of the potential impacts of hydropower projects on fish migration.