Eight men caught illegally fishing in a protected area of Pursat’s Krakor district on Wednesday were charged yesterday at the provincial court.
Pin Vuthy, a Kampong Luong commune fishery administration official, said the suspects are aged 15 to 42 and that seven are ethnic Vietnamese while one is Cambodian.
“They were arrested while they were fishing in the protected area by using [a fine-meshed] grill net, which is a banned fishing tool,” Vuthy said.
Questioning by the authorities identified 42-year-old suspect Ngveang Yunglang as the alleged ringleader.
According to Vuthy the suspects face one to three years in prison and fines ranging from $1,235 to $12,350.