Illegal fishing gear seized in Tonle Sap lake crackdowns

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Kampong Chhnang provincial fisheries administration officials on Monday seized 1,580 metres of fishing nets, 900 wooden poles, 47 fishing traps and 100 kilograms of fish during a crackdown on illegal fishing along Tonle Sap lake.

Ly La, provincial fisheries administration director, yesterday said officials discovered closed-season fishing activities in 24 areas during the crackdown in Kampong Leng and Chalkiri districts.

“Fishing is banned in some areas during the closed fishing season in order to allow fish to spawn,” he said. “We found mostly fish in the fishing nets that we seized.”

Mr La added that the fish were released back into the lake.

He noted that through cooperation with other relevant authorities, illegal fishing activities along the lake had decreased compared with the same period last year.

“This month, we cracked down on 25 cases and so far in five cases, 19 people have been sent to jail,” Mr La said.

He added that to reduce illegal activities along Tonle Sap lake, the provincial fisheries administration and local authorities will increase daily patrols and hold more activities to raise awareness about the closed fishing season.

Meanwhile, according to a report posted on Ministry of Agriculture’s Facebook page, Siem Reap provincial authorities on Monday also cracked down on illegal fishing activities along the lake at Puok district.

The report, posted yesterday, said 3,200 metres of fishing nets, 1,520 wooden poles and 55 kilograms of fish were seized during the crackdown in 25 areas. The fry were released back into the lake.

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