Vietnamese fishermen arrested
Fisheries Administration officials arrested 16 Vietnamese fishermen and seized three boats for allegedly illegally crossing the maritime border into Cambodian waters in Kampot province’s Tuek Chhou district yesterday.
Provincial Fisheries Administration chief Sar Sarin said local police cooperated with the Fisheries Administration to arrest the Vietnamese nationals early yesterday.
“We arrested those Vietnamese nationals and caught their fishing boats at about 1am yesterday as they were fishing illegally in Cambodian waters,” he said.
After being informed by local fishermen of illegal fishing activity in the region, Mr. Sarin began investigated and discovered the Vietnamese fishermen had come illegally.
“The arrest was carried out in accordance with the kingdom’s Fisheries Law,” he said.
Mr. Sarin said authorities did not send them to court, but fined them for fishing illegally in Cambodian waters.
“All Vietnamese nationals will be allowed to leave Cambodia after they pay their fine and promise not to fish illegally again,” he said.
According to the monthly report for February released on Friday by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, there were 336 reported cases of illegal fishing in both maritime and freshwater areas.
It said officials destroyed a large amount of illegal fishing equipment, such as barrier nets, electro-fishing devices and other fishing tools that were seized last month.
In late December, Interior Minister Sar Kheng warned government officials in areas surrounding the Tonle Sap lake that they would be fired if they continued to allow illegal fishing.
Speaking at the closing ceremony of the “2016 Annual Working Results and the Direction of 2017” at the Siem Reap Provincial Hall, he demanded that provincial governors do more to stop fishing crimes in the lake.
“All provincial governors around the Tonle Sap lake will be dismissed from their positions if they let fishing crimes occur in their provinces,” he was quoted as saying on the National Police website.
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