Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Clams confiscated in Preah Sihanouk




Clams confiscated in Preah Sihanouk

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Fishermen tend to their catches on a boat in Koh Khyong village in Preah Sihanouk province’s Prey Nub district. Photo supplied

Clams confiscated in Preah Sihanouk

Preah Sihanouk provincial authorities on Sunday seized more than 400kg of clams from fishermen in Prey Nub district’s Veal Rinh and O’Chrov communes and returned them to the sea.

Provincial fisheries administration director Em Phea said on Monday that authorities patrolled the area on Sunday evening and found five boats using unauthorised fishing gear in O’Chrov commune’s Koh Khyong village.

Residents at the village had previously reported illegal sales of clams to Vietnamese traders.

“The authorities confiscated 425kg of clams during the raid. We released them into the sea and destroyed 10 numbers of illegal fishing equipment seized from the fishermen,” he said.

Phea said authorities prevent the unauthorised sale of clams to Vietnam to ensure ample supply for the local market as the area is being turned into a tourist attraction.

Nun Doeun, 35, a fisherman from Koh Khyong village, told The Post on Monday that clam harvesting season started in early November, with traders offering up to 15,000 riel (around $2.50) per kilogramme for big clams and up to 30,000 riel ($7.50) per kilogramme for smaller ones.

“The traders sell the bigger clams in the local market. Smaller ones are taken to the farm and grown before being sold to Vietnamese traders,” he said.

Pheng Ny, a clam farmer and trader, told The Post on Sunday that despite owning a 5ha clam farm, she still needed to purchase more from fishermen to supply the local market.

“I help local fishermen by purchasing small clams from them to grow in my farm before supplying the local market. If I don’t buy small clams from them, they would sell them to Vietnamese traders,” she said.

She said fisheries administration officials have asked local fishermen and traders not to sell clams to Vietnamese traders.

“I saw Vietnamese traders coming to buy clams from Cambodian fishermen. They can offer higher prices depending on the size,” she said.

Say Kem San, another clam farmer and trader, said on Monday that he too buys clams from local fishermen to support their livelihood and prevent Vietnamese traders from buying them.

“I bought clams from local fishermen not because I encourage illegal fishing. I just want to prevent Vietnamese traders from buying them and to support the livelihood of fishermen in Koh Khyong who have no land to cultivate crops,” he said.

O’Chrov commune chief Chib Chan Ravy told The Post on Monday that all Koh Khyong villagers are fishermen and don’t have any land for farming. He said the villagers sometimes resort to illegal fishing gear to catch fishes, crabs and sea shells, among others.

“As the local authority, I let it go but I don’t want them to commit fishery crimes because it can affect the livelihood of the whole community,” he said.

Ravy said some local fishermen also work closely with the authorities by informing them about illegal fishing activities.

MOST VIEWED

  • Body of woman killed in Bangkok returns

    The Cambodian embassy in Thailand is working to repatriate the body of a casino dealer who was shot dead in Bangkok on Monday night. Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation spokesman Kuy Kuong told The Post on Wednesday that officials are preparing paperwork to

  • Chikungunya hits 15 provinces, says gov’t

    Ministry of Health spokeswoman Or Vandine said on Thursday that the chikungunya outbreak in the Kingdom has spread to 15 provinces. Some 1,700 people are now suspected to have the disease. Vandine urged people to prevent its further spread by eliminating shelters for the Aedes aegypti mosquitoes

  • Gov’t exempts visa A and B holders from Covid fees

    Airline passengers who are diplomats and officials of international organisations holding Type A and B visas for travel to Cambodia are exempted from paying Covid-19 testing fees, said the Ministry of Health in its latest adjustment of rules on Wednesday. Health Minister Mam Bun Heng

  • Bill covering dress code draws ire

    Ministry of Interior secretary of state Ouk Kim Lek responded on Tuesday to criticism concerning a draft law that would ban women from wearing overly revealing clothing, saying that input from all parties will be considered as the law moves through the promulgation process. Several

  • What’s the deal with Cambodia and China’s FTA?

    Cambodia’s Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with China kicks off a series of FTAs in future but for now, critics wonder what else the parties could bring to the table apart from what it already has to date By the end of this year, Cambodia

  • Cambodia, Vietnam exchange border maps amid criticism

    Cambodia and Vietnam formally exchanged border maps on Monday despite criticism from former members of the Supreme Court-dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) that the Kingdom is losing land in the deal. The two countries said agreement on the border is 84 per cent complete, leaving