The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries advised fisheries officials to thoroughly check the quality of seized fishing nets before deciding which should be burnt and repurposed for agriculture.
Minister Veng Sakhon, in a guideline, said fisheries authorities had conducted crackdowns on illegal fishing offences, from which they confiscated and destroyed illegal nets.
However, he said standard procedures would undergo several changes as Prime Minister Hun Sen, earlier this week, called for the repurposing of the confiscated fishing nets to maximise their functions.
In response, Sakhon instructed officials of municipal and provincial fisheries administrations and departments to conduct quality checks and discern which may be reused for crop cultivation, animal husbandry and aquaculture.
“Worn out fishing nets must be burnt following environmental and health standards and procedures,” told Sakhon.
Kong Chanthy, a representative of the fishing community in Stung Treng province’s Ron village, yesterday expressed his support to the ministry.
“Converting items seized from fishing offences to usable materials in the agriculture sector is a good move from the government as destroying them right away only leads to the loss of financial resources and poses negative impacts to the environment,” he said.