Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Ministry warns Pursat officials about fishing

Ministry warns Pursat officials about fishing

Ministry warns Pursat officials about fishing

The Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries has urged authorities in Pursat province to take action against illegal fishing in the Tonle Sap after a video posted online showed a group of men hauling in huge catches from the former Fishing Lot 6, an important conservation area in the river.

The letter, sent on June 26 by Minister Ouk Rabun, said the ministry was disheartened to see video evidence of fishermen encroaching on the protected area, located in Kandieng district.

Ministry spokesman Eang Sophalleth confirmed yesterday that the letter was sent in response to the video clip.

“We want local authorities to cooperate with us to prevent [and] crack down on crimes in protected areas,” he said. “We are not sure if it really happened, since we did not go down to the site yet.”

Phum Nimol, the director of the fisheries administration in Pursat, said illegal fishing was rampant in the area.

He said the authorities have been actively combating the activity, “but there are too many thieves”.

Minh Bunly, a program coordinator for the Fisheries Action Coalition Team, welcomed the alert but urged the government to reconsider taking action against offenders.

“What I see inside conservation areas is that most of the offenses are carried out by the rich and powerful and not just residents,” he said.

Nimol, however, denied that this was the case.

MOST VIEWED

  • US to ramp up sanctions after ‘flawed’ national polls

    At a press conference on Wednesday, the US State Department announced that it would expand visa sanctions on the Cambodian officials and individuals it deems responsible for “undermining democracy” in Cambodia. At the briefing, spokesperson Heather Nauert reiterated that the department regarded the July 29 elections

  • US names new ambassador to Cambodia

    US President Donald Trump on Friday appointed W Patrick Murphy as the new US Ambassador to Cambodia, replacing incumbent William A Heidt. A press release posted on the White House’s website said nominee W Patrick Murphy is currently acting principal deputy assistant secretary at

  • Kingdom is at a crossroads between East, West after poll

    It was dubbed a success by caretaker prime minister Hun Sen after the electoral victory of his Cambodian People’s Party (CPP), which is poised to take all seats in the National Assembly. But the July 29 national election has not been positively looked at by

  • Final poll results confirm first single-party Assembly

    IN an unprecedented situation in Cambodian politics, the official results of the July 29 national elections have declared that the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) will take all 125 seats in the National Assembly on the back of it receiving 76 per cent of the votes. The National