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Fishing crackdown sees six arrested

Five Vietnamese fishermen and one Cambodian were arrested by Kampong Thom provincial fishery authorities on Saturday for illegal fishing in a protected area.

After several reports of illegal fishing and electro-fishing at the province’s Phat Sanday commune, Kampong Thom Fishery Administration chief Pen Vannarith said his team launched a crackdown in the area.

“As a result, on February 28, the joint-authority forces managed to intercept six offenders including a Cambodian and five Vietnamese men who illegally fished in the plot, which is a protected area,” Vannarith said.

Following the arrests, authorities seized seven fishing boats, four of which were equipped with electro-fishing devices, while three were used for transporting illegally caught fish.

According to Vannarith, the suspects were charged with “illegal fishing in the protected area and using illegal fishing devices”. They have been sent to the Kampong Thom Provincial Court.

If found guilty, the suspects will face six months to a year in prison and fines of 1 to 5 million riel (about $250 to $1,250) each.

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