Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Illegal bird netting in Koh Kong destroyed

Illegal bird netting in Koh Kong destroyed

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Some 3,200m of illegal bird netting used to hunt birds was destroyed by forest rangers on Tuesday. WILDLIFE ALLIANCE

Illegal bird netting in Koh Kong destroyed

Some 3,200m of netting used to illegally poach birds was destroyed by Stung Prot and Wildlife Alliance forest rangers on Tuesday after they were discovered laying in mangrove growth south of the Cardamom Mountains.

Southern Cardamom Forest Protection Programme field coordinator Dragos Ionescu said on Wednesday that the rangers were struggling to contain illegal poaching practices, particularly at the beginning of Cambodia’s mild winter season when migratory birds travel through the area.

“Rangers in Koh Pov and Trapaing Roung had destroyed 4,800m of netting and confiscated seven loudspeakers used to attract birds from the forest into their nets.

“In that mission, our rangers saved 31 birds and returned them to the forest,” said Ionescu, who is also a webmaster for Wildlife Alliance.

Bird netting is often thousands of metres long and used to ensnare any bird that flies into them. The practice, coupled with deforestation, is the greatest threat to tropical wildlife in Southeast Asia, according to Wildlife Alliance.

Koh Kong provincial Department of Environment director Morm Phalla told The Post on Wednesday that provincial rangers had cooperated with Wildlife Alliance to put an end to the hunting, catching and snaring of birds and animals, but the crimes continued.

“Every year, our rangers work together with Wildlife Alliance to patrol, crack down and confiscate thousands of metres of netting left lying in forested areas,” Phalla said.

However, Dragos said catching birds illegally by using netting was a habitual crime for the people of Koh Kong province.

“Hunters create a wall out of thin black nets which cover hundreds of metres. To attract the birds, they use mature male pigeons to attract other birds with their chirping,” he said.

A more costly method, Dragos said, is the use of speakers, car CD players and car batteries as tools to replay the sound of birds chirping continuously to lure them into the netting.

“It’s migration season for birds, so they’re travelling to different places. It’s also the time when our team works to protect beaches and search for bird netting,” he said.

MOST VIEWED

  • Typhoon Noru brings flash floods – 16 dead

    An official warned that that the 16th typhoon of the season, Noru, had brought heavy rains to areas the Mekong River and flooded thousands of homes in the provinces bordering Thailand. As of September 27, the death toll from the flooding had risen to 16. National Committee

  • Siem Reap drain canal now ‘mangrove’ promenade

    A more than half a kilometre long stretch of canal in Siem Reap has been covered and turned into a promenade to attract visitors, said Ly Rasmey, secretary of state at the Ministry of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction, on September 16. The new pedestrianised

  • Angkor wildlife, aquarium park still to open October

    The Angkor Wildlife and Aquarium complex about 30km southeast of Siem Reap town with initial total investment of more than $70 million is reportedly still on track for an end-October opening. The park is located on a 100ha plot along National Road 6 in Kbon village, Khchas

  • Defence minister reaffirms Kingdom’s staunch support for One-China policy

    Minister of National Defence General Tea Banh has reaffirmed Cambodia’s unwavering support for the One-China policy. Tea Banh was speaking at the September 20 ceremonial handover of 117 vehicles and other military equipment donated by China’s defence ministry, held at Phnom Chumreay International Military Training

  • Deaths due to ‘lifestyle’ diseases rise in Kingdom

    The Ministry of Health has called on people to pay closer attention to their health to protect themselves from non-communicable diseases (NCDs) which it said have caused high rates of deaths in the country. Ministry secretary of state York Sambath made the call at a

  • Thai Senate delegates in Cambodia to discuss anti-graft co-op

    A delegation from Thailand's Senate was in Phnom Penh on September 28 to meet their Cambodian counterparts to discuss strategies for fighting corruption and enhancing cooperation. The Thai delegates were from its Senate’s Committee on Studying and Inspecting Corruption, Misconduct and Strengthening Good Governance. They