Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Fishery crimes down this year

Fishery crimes down this year

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Increased presence of local authorities and decreased water levels contributed to the drop in fishery crime. Agriculture Ministry

Fishery crimes down this year

During the first 10 months of this year, there were 2,279 cases of fishery offences reported, 312 less than the same period last year, according to the Fisheries Administration. Of the number, 187 occurred at sea while the rest occurred on freshwater.

In a report published on November 9, it said the drop in fishery offences this year was a result of collaboration and prevention efforts among fishery officers, local authorities and the fishing community.

The report said 141 of the cases were sent to the courts. Seven of the 181 suspects involved in the cases were sentenced to between one and five years in prison for using illegal fishing tools in fishery conservation areas.

In 101 cases, officers issued fines totalling 230.7 million riel ($56,540). In 2,037 of the cases, evidence was destroyed or confiscated, including fishing nets, fishing poles and electric fishing devices.

Fisheries Administration officials released 37,177kg of different types of fish retrieved from offenders to natural lakes.

Besides the fishery offences, experts have expressed concern about the drop in water levels in the Mekong River this year.

Kampong Chhnang Fisheries Administration chief Ly La told The Post on November 9 that although there is a noticeable drop of fishery offences this year, there is less freshwater.

“Tonle Sap Lake receives its water from the Mekong River to broaden its scope and provide shelter and rich foods for all kinds of fish. This year, the water level in the Mekong River is abnormal. Especially in the season that fish lay eggs, the water level of the river is so little that it is not convenient for fish to move and lay eggs,” he said.

According to La, rains during the past month improved fish survival and helped biodiversity in rivers and lakes. However, expecting good results or high amounts like other years is not possible, he said.

He called on relevant authorities and fishermen to continue to cooperate and prevent fishery offences in all ways to ensure the sustainability of fish in the country.


  • Phnom Penh curfew starts today

    A two-week curfew from 8pm to 5am starts today in Phnom Penh, a day after a sub-decree detailing administrative measures to contain Covid-19 was issued by Prime Minister Hun Sen. “Travelling in Phnom Penh is temporally banned between 8pm and 5am,” said Phnom Penh governor

  • Covid in Kingdom hits ‘critical point’

    The Covid-19 situation in Cambodia has reached a critical point, the World Health Organisation (WHO) in Cambodia warned, as cases surge with two more deaths and 265 infections reported over the weekend. On March 28 alone, the Ministry of Health recorded 86 Covid-19 cases linked to the February 20

  • Cambodia gears up for muted New Year festival

    The recent curfew and restrictions imposed in the capital and other Covid-19 hotspots were intended to break the chain of transmission, Ministry of Health spokeswoman Or Vandine said as municipal and provincial authorities issued new directives banning certain activities during the upcoming Khmer New Year

  • Vaccination open to foreigners in Cambodia

    The Ministry of Health on April 8 issued an announcement on Covid-19 vaccination for foreigners residing and working in Cambodia, directing the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training and local authorities to register them. Health minister Mam Bun Heng, who is also head of the inter-ministerial

  • Cambodia set for large-scale vaccination campaign as Covid spreads

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has instructed all provincial authorities to get ready for a large-scale vaccination campaign, with at least one million doses to be administered per month. “We will roll out at least one million doses. The vaccines we have purchased and received as

  • Time to Rise by rapper, chapei legend is viral hit with ancient-modern mix

    Kong Nay is known internationally as the master of the chapei dang veng, a traditional Cambodian instrument resembling a long-necked lute or guitar with two nylon strings that he was already playing professionally by the age of 15. Nay is sometimes referred to as the Cambodian