Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - WCS, university study sustainable fisheries in Sre Ambel river system



WCS, university study sustainable fisheries in Sre Ambel river system

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
A man carries a bucket of fish at Sre Ambel in Koh Kong province. Mississippi State University

WCS, university study sustainable fisheries in Sre Ambel river system

The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) in Cambodia is teaming up with the Fisheries Administration and US-based Mississippi State University (MSU) to carry out a research project on the sustainability of fisheries and aquaculture resources in the Sre Ambel river system.

WCS country director Ken Serey Rotha said on Monday the project is a knowledge-sharing programme for MSU students and professors to study species such as fish, crabs, lobsters, frogs, turtles, shrimp and others in Koh Kong and Preah Sihanouk provinces.

Rotha said the research was a complement to WCS’ EU, US Forest Service (USFS)-funded conservation work to establish community fisheries and family aquaculture along the river.

“The main purpose is to reduce fishing or encroachment on wildlife along the canals that we are conserving. So if we help [people] to have a decent business other than illegal fishing, our natural resources will survive,” he said.

He said the planned research with US students will last three years from October, and he wants to involve Cambodian students to exchange experiences and knowledge.

The MSU website said: “Fish is an important resource for nutrition and commerce in Cambodia. In rural communities, fishing has been a way of life for generations, but many communities have changed gradually.

“Especially, communities living in the Sre Ambel river system. It’s an example of life change that can serve as a model for many communities in Southeast Asia.”

The website said local communities in Sre Ambel area of Koh Kong and Preah Sihanouk provinces will be trained to manage and adapt to life changes.

Communities will be assessed on local food processing preferences and capabilities, comparing different food processing techniques and practices using processed fish products.

The MSU website said the programme will be very useful in managing fishery resources and sustainable nutrition in addition to natural fishing.

Nuth Vanna, a representative of community fisheries in the Sre Ambel area of Koh Kong province, said on Monday she had received information but did not know if WCS would allow her community to participate.

“We used to fish in the river and lakes in our village but not anymore. We raise fish for just three months now. But I don’t know about the techniques to raise fish. If there are experts providing training or more explanation, that’s good and I want to participate in the project,” Vanna said.

MOST VIEWED

  • Without shoes or a helmet, a young cyclist steals the show

    Pech Theara gripped the curved handlebars of his rusty old bike, planted his bare feet on its pedals and stormed as fast as he could towards the finish line. The odds were against him as the 13-year-old faced off against kids with nicer bikes at

  • Phnom Penh-Sihanoukville expressway on schedule

    The construction of the more than $1.9 billion Phnom Penh-Sihanoukville Expressway has not been delayed despite the Covid-19 pandemic, with more than 26 per cent of the project completed and expected to finish in about two years, according to Ministry of Public Works and Transport secretary of

  • Singapore group seeks $14M in damages from PPSP over ‘breach of contract’

    Singapore-based Asiatic Group (Holdings) Ltd is seeking a minimum of $14.4 million relief from Cambodia Securities Exchange (CSX)-listed Phnom Penh Special Economic Zone Plc (PPSP) for allegedly breaching a power plant joint venture (JV) agreement. Asiatic Group’s wholly-owned Colben System Pte Ltd and 95 per

  • Over 110 garment factories close

    A government official said on November 22 that at least 110 garment factories had closed in the first nine months of the year and left more than 55,000 workers without jobs – but union leaders worry those numbers could be much higher. Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training undersecretary

  • PM dispels lockdown rumours, gifts masks

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on November 12 denied rumours that he will lock down the country in response to increased Covid-19 fears, referring to them as propaganda aimed at destabilising the country. In a Facebook post, he said some people had spread rumours that the government

  • SilkAir adds flight to Phnom Penh schedule

    Silkair (Singapore) Pte Ltd is increasing its flight frequency between Phnom Penh and Singapore with a third weekly flight on Saturdays, according to Cambodia Airports’ Facebook page. The other flights offered are on Tuesdays and Sundays, with an estimated Phnom Penh arrival time at 5:35pm