Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Cambodian flag flies on boats fishing illegally

Cambodian flag flies on boats fishing illegally

Cambodian flag flies on boats fishing illegally

CAMBODIA has been criticized by the international environmental group Greenpeace

International for providing Cambodian "flags of convenience" to vessels

involved in illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing (IUU) in the Atlantic Ocean.

London-based Greenpeace International spokesman Simon Reddy says involvement of Cambodian-flagged

ships in unregulated fishing was highlighted on May 6 when the Cambodian-flagged

ship Benny 87 was observed trans-shipping 70 tons of big-eye tuna off the coast of

Angola in violation of regulations of the International Commission for the Conservation

of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT).

"There are three other tuna longliners flying the flag of Cambodia on the ICCAT

list of vessels operating in contravention of ICCAT rules [and] there might be more

fishing outside rules and controls," Reddy told the Post. "Unless Cambodia

becomes a member of ICCAT and commits to enforce ICCAT rules upon vessels flying

its flag, no Cambodian fishing vessel should be authorized to fish tuna in the [Atlantic

Ocean and Mediterranean Sea]."

The Greenpeace disclosures come in the run-up to an October meeting of the United

Nations Food and Agriculture Organization designed to form an international action

plan to combat illegal fishing worldwide.

Officials of the Cambodian Ministry of Public Works and Transport have consistently

refused repeated Post requests for clarification of Cambodian ship registration procedures.

MOST VIEWED

  • Massive stingrays may live in Mekong’s deep pools

    US scientists have suggested that unexplored deep pools in the Mekong River in an area of Stung Treng could potentially be home to significant populations of giant freshwater stingrays, one of the world’s largest freshwater fish species. This comes as a fisherman hooked a 180

  • CCC team off on US business trip

    The Kingdom’s leading economists and private sector representatives have called on the US to renew its tax preferential status for Cambodian exports, as a Cambodia Chamber of Commerce (CCC) delegation departed for a weeklong business visit to the US, where they will meet with

  • PM takes time to meet, greet Cambodians living in the US

    After landing in the US ahead of the ASEAN-US Special Summit, Prime Minister Hun Sen was received by over 1,000 Cambodian-Americans including political analysts who welcomed him with greetings, fist bumps and selfies. Hun Sen also met with analyst Mak Hoeun, who had allegedly spoken ill

  • Khmer cinema classics back on big screen for free at WB Arena’s outdoor movies series

    On a recent Saturday evening at WB Arena, Bunsong was enjoying a tasty BBQ meal with his family after work on the long tables that had been arranged out in front of the restaurant as they watched a Khmer action movie on a big outdoor

  • PM heads to Washington for ASEAN-US special summit

    Regional and international issues and how to bring the ASEAN-US partnership to another level will be discussed at length as Prime Minister Hun Sen and his ministers arrive in Washington, DC, for a special summit on May 12-13. During the trip, Hun Sen and ASEAN

  • National Assembly refutes EU resolution

    The National Assembly (NA) has hit back at a European Parliament resolution condemning the political and human rights situation in Cambodia, calling it another display of the Parliament’s “double standards”. Key points of the resolution include a warning that the Parliament could exclude the