Fishing resources

Cambodia’s natural fish resources are dwindling, report says

Over the past decade, Wonders of the Mekong has observed that Cambodia’s natural fishery resources are dwindling and unable to adequately meet the daily needs of the people.

The initiative pointed out in its September 9 report that climate change, flooding, illegal fishing, destruction of natural ecosystems, deforestation, flooded forest fires, loss of fish habitats and reclamation land had caused serious damage to natural fisheries resources.

“Cambodia is a country with vast Tonle Sap lakes, the Mekong River, which provide hundreds of thousands of tons of fish for domestic consumption and export, but now it is recognized that many of these natural resources are no longer available to supply us, they have disappeared and some are in danger, only a small amount remains to be supplied until today,” the Friday report said.

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However, the Wonders of the Mekong project did not provide statistics on the decline or depletion of natural fisheries resources in its report, stating only that for fish conservation it had collected juvenile fish from the Mekong River, including including Catlocarpio siamnsis and Pangasianodon gigas. species to grow in ponds to be released into the lake.

“Naturally raised hatcheries will produce healthy young fish for reintroduction into the wild,” the report said.

Ing Try, deputy director of the Agriculture Ministry’s Fisheries Administration, said the country’s fishery production in 2021 had declined but is expected to increase later this year.

He said the reason for the drop in fish production in 2021 was less water. However, although the production of freshwater fish has decreased, the production of saltwater or marine fish has increased.

“Fish production for 2022 is not yet known and will have to wait until the end of this year for the results to be summarized, as this work is only done once a year, so we cannot confirm anything.
again,” he said.

According to Try, the production of freshwater fish is likely to increase because there are more today than
Last year.

“The crime of illegal fishing also decreased significantly after the enforcement measures were strengthened,” he said.

  • Key words: fisheries, natural fisheries