Otres duck farms told to stop polluting sea

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Five duck farms have been ordered to relocate and stop allowing their wastewater to run into the sea. Supplied

Preah Sihanouk’s provincial environment department and Steung Hav district police have descended on five duck farms in Otres commune, instructing them to relocate after they polluted the sea.

Environment department director Samut Sothearith said the provincial administration gave the owners 30 days to move from the area in November.

The order came after it was found the farms had no proper wastewater management systems and were polluting the sea.

However, the farm owners showed no signs of moving, so police were drafted to help enforce the order.

Mr Sothearith said the owners requested more time to move.

“We have instructed the owners of those five farms to move to another place and not to release wastewater into the sea,” he said. “This is a tourist area, so we cannot let them do it any more.”

Mr Sothearith said the farm owners have now been given until the end of March next year to move.

If they still fail to comply, they will be forcibly removed.

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