1. Characteristics of Aquatic Resources in Laos
Most of the land of Laos is covered by the catchment areas for the MekongRiver. The biggest feature of aquatic resources of Laos is an amazing diversity of fish species、centered on members of the superorder OSTARIOPHYSI, such as carps, catfishes, loaches and the like. It is also interesting to note that Laotian people make many uses of frogs. They depend on fresh aquatic resources for a high percentage of their protein intake. The diversity of aquatic resources provides the foundation for the region’s culture as the core items of foodstuffs and also for trade.