Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Families in Kampong Chhnang lose fish in mass die-off

Families in Kampong Chhnang lose fish in mass die-off

A floating village in Kampong Chhnang province, where around 70 families have lost some 12,000 kilograms of fish over a three-day period due to excessive heat and shallow waters. Photo supplied.
A floating village in Kampong Chhnang province, where around 70 families have lost some 12,000 kilograms of fish over a three-day period due to excessive heat and shallow waters. Photo supplied.

Families in Kampong Chhnang lose fish in mass die-off

About 70 families who live in floating houses along the Tonle Sap river in Kampong Chhnang province say excessive heat and low water levels have resulted in large-scale die-offs on their fish farms.

Van Srey Em, a fishery community representative in both Phsar Chhnang and Khsam communes, said each family has lost between 100 and 200 kilograms of fish over a three-day period beginning Sunday.

Srey Em said the types of fish the communities raise – primarily catfish – are very valuable.

“Those kinds of fish we can sell for the price of $5 per kilogram,” she said. “But the fish that died over a few days caused us to lose an income of at least $500 to $1,000 per family.”

Heng Eang, another community representative who lives in Phsar Chhnang village, said that he lost around 300 kilograms of fish. For the past two years, families have been able to move their fish cages to deeper waters during the dry season to prevent the fish from dying, he said, but that area is in front of the Kampong Chhnang Autonomous Port, which they can no longer access because of development.

Eang on Wednesday called the provincial Fisheries Administration to intervene in the situation to try to save their fish stocks.

“Right now, we have no method to protect or help our fish survive,” he said. “If authorities don’t allow us to move the fish cages and floating houses to that area for living temporarily, we will lose more [fish].”

Som Phirun, director of the Kampong Chhnang Provincial Fisheries Administration, said that he and his officials had visited the affected communities on Tuesday to monitor the situation, provide advice and take measures to protect the fish.

He confirmed waters were only 1.5 to 3 metres deep in the area and that temperatures had reached 40 degrees Celsius, resulting in a lack of oxygen for the fish. “We give them suggestions about three options for them to protect or reduce their fish from dying,” he said.

These included selling the fish now, transferring them to larger cages and using an underwater fan to create oxygen flow, and shuttling back and forth from the shallows to deeper waters.

MOST VIEWED

  • Hong Kong firm done buying Coke Cambodia

    Swire Coca-Cola Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hong Kong-listed Swire Pacific Ltd, on November 25 announced that it had completed the acquisition of The Coca-Cola Co’s bottling business in Cambodia, as part of its ambitions to expand into the Southeast Asian market. Swire Coca-Cola affirmed

  • Cambodia's Bokator now officially in World Heritage List

    UNESCO has officially inscribed Cambodia’s “Kun Lbokator”, commonly known as Bokator, on the World Heritage List, according to Minister of Culture and Fine Arts Phoeurng Sackona in her brief report to Prime Minister Hun Sen on the night of November 29. Her report, which was

  • NagaWorld union leader arrested at airport after Australia trip

    Chhim Sithar, head of the Labour Rights Supported Union of Khmer Employees at NagaWorld integrated casino resort, was arrested on November 26 at Phnom Penh International Airport and placed in pre-trial detention after returning from a 12-day trip to Australia. Phnom Penh Municipal Court Investigating Judge

  • Kingdom’s rice crowned world’s No1

    Cambodia’s Phka Rumduol jasmine variety has been crowned the World’s Best Rice for the fifth time at the TRT (The Rice Trader) World Rice Conference in Phuket, Thailand on November 17, according to leaders of the Kingdom’s apex rice industry body. Phka Rumduol

  • Ministry to 'seek justice' for officials indicted in US for 'monkey smuggling'

    The Cambodian government and the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries said they will make the “utmost effort” to seek justice for a Cambodian official arrested in John F Kennedy International Airport in New York for allegedly conspiring to smuggle crab-eating macaque monkeys (Macaca fascicularis)

  • Takeo hand-woven silk items provide local high-quality alternative to imports

    After graduating from university and beginning her career as a civil servant at the the Ministry of Economy and Finance, Khieu Sina found time to establish a business that aligns with her true passion – quality hand-woven Khmer goods. Her product line, known as Banteay Srei,