Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Cambodia celebrates National Fish Day

Cambodia celebrates National Fish Day

Cambodia celebrates National Fish Day

The important role of fish in Cambodia's society and economy has been celebrated at a ceremony in Kampong Chhnang province.

About 500,000 fish were released at Boeng Knar lake in Samki Meanchey district July 1 in a ceremony organized by the government to celebrate National Fish Day.

Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Chan Sarun, who was representing Prime Minister Hun Sen, said the day had been organized for the past five years to promote awareness of the need to protect and conserve fish.

“Cambodia is a small country but since 2000 it has been ranked fourth in the world in inland fish production, after China, India and Bangladesh,” Sarun told hundreds of participants at the event.

He said official figures showed that Cambodians consume an average of 37.5 kilograms of fish a year, well over twice the global consumption average of 15.8 kilograms a year.

Sarun said fish are a major source of nutrition in the Cambodian diet, in which they account for more than 75 percent of the total animal proteins.

Nao Thuok, chief of fisheries administration, told the Post that during the fishing season in late 2007 and early 2008, the national catch totaled about 473,760 tonnes of fresh water, marine and aquaculture fish.

Thuok said illegal fishing had declined since the National Assembly enacted a law in March 30, 2006, to protect and preserve freshwater and marine fish species.

Illegal fishing in the first six months this year was down about 30 percent over the same period in 2007, he said.

“We have cracked down on 3,216 cases of illegal fishing and about 60 offenders have been jailed," he said. "We have promoted the law on fisheries throughout the nation and most people who rely on fishing to make a living understand it."

Previous National Fish Day events were held in Kampong Speu, Kandal, Prey Veng, Sihanoukville and Takeo provinces.

MOST VIEWED

  • Proof giants walked among us humans?

    For years a debate has waged about whether certain bas relief carvings at the 12th-century To Prohm Temple, one of the most popular attractions at the Angkor Wat Temple Complex in Siem Reap province, depicted dinosaurs or some rather less exotic and more contemporary animal,

  • New US bill ‘is a violation of Cambodian independence’

    After a US congressmen introduced bipartisan legislation that will enact sanctions on Cambodian officials responsible for “undermining democracy” in the Kingdom, government officials and the ruling Cambodian People’s Party on Sunday said they regarded the potential action as the “violation of independence and sovereignty

  • Long way to go before Cambodia gets a ‘smart city’

    Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Battambang will struggle to attain smart city status without adopting far reaching master plans, according to officials tasked with implementing the program. The brainchild of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), the smart city program seeks to link up

  • Japan bank buys major stake in ANZ Royal Bank

    Japan's largest bank acquired more than half of ANZ’s shares in Cambodia on Thursday, according to a statement from Kith Meng’s Royal Group. Japan's JTrust Bank, announced that they had acquired a 55% of stake in ANZ Royal Bank. According to a Royal Group