Fisheries administration officials and local authorities on Wednesday discovered off-season fishing activities in 43 areas along Tonle Sap lake in Kampong Chhnang province.
Provincial fisheries department director Ngin Hun said that they found illegal fishing equipment during the crackdown.
“After we learned about their activities, we launched a crackdown in these areas,” he said. “We found that families were fishing illegally and we seized and destroyed their equipment.”
A statement from the Agriculture Ministry yesterday said that 42 officers in 11 boats were deployed during the operation in the province’s Kampong Troalach district.
It noted that 2,630 meters of fishing nets, 1,220 wooden poles, 47 fishing traps and 400 kilograms of various types of fish were seized.
Last month, Agriculture Minister Veng Sakhon ordered authorities to monitor and crack down on illegal fishing activities, especially in the Tonle Sap.
He called on officers to increase enforcement and cooperate with provincial, city and district authorities.
According to a ministry report, there were 1,444 cases of illegal fishing during the first half of the year, 206 fewer during the same period last year.
In this year’s cases, 1,369 were carried out in freshwater and 78 in the sea, leading to the seizure of hundreds of kilometres of various types of fishing nets, 24 electric-shock fishing devices and 19,999 kilograms of fish.