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

  • Phnom Penh unveils rules for post-lockdown transition

    The Phnom Penh Municipal Administration issued a set of detailed guidelines for the seven days to May 12 after the capital emerges from lockdown at the onset of May 6. In the 14-page document signed by municipal governor Khuong Sreng released on the evening of May 5, the

  • SBI LY HOUR Bank Launches Cross Border Money Transfer Service between Cambodia and Vietnam on RippleNet, utilizing DLT

    SBI LY HOUR Bank Plc and Hanoi-based Tien Phong Commercial Joint Stock Bank (TPBank) on Friday launched the first Cambodia-Vietnam money transfer service in real currency via RippleNet, provided by SBI Ripple Asia Co Ltd to provide safe, fast and convenient services. SBI LY HOUR

  • Gov’t issues guidelines as lockdown nears end

    The government has issued a five-page set of instructions to be enforced when the three-week lockdown of Phnom Penh and adjacent Takmao town in Kandal province ends on May 6. According to an announcement signed by Prime Minister Hun Sen on May 4, the instructions cover a

  • Cambodia ready to exit LDC status

    Cambodia is well-prepared to minimise economic risks when it graduates from its Least Developed Countries status, according to a senior official at the Ministry of Commerce on May 7. Four LDCs – Cambodia, Laos, Bangladesh and Nepal – met at a virtual workshop last week to explore potential

  • Nine US franchises eye Cambodia debut

    Nine famous US franchising companies are looking for business opportunities and expansion into Cambodia to build a footstep for a strong foundation in Southeast Asia. The US embassy in Phnom Penh, in partnership with the US Foreign Commercial Service and with support from the American

  • Lost in translation: ‘Starvation’ in capital’s designated red zones

    “DACH bay” is a Khmer slang meaning a “loss of income”, that could also be literally translated to «deprived of rice”, which alludes to starvation. However, civil society organisation (CSO) officials have independently confirmed the government’s prior assertions that there are no cases of