Police and fisheries officials in Battambang province carried out a large-scale crackdown on illegal fishing on Monday on the Tonle Sap Lake in Ek Phnom district.
District police chief Long Yotheavireak said no one was arrested because the fishermen were aware of the police presence and fled.
“Our forces cooperated with fishery officers. We could not arrest anyone,” he said.
“When we arrived there, they were aware of that and escaped, leaving the illegal fishing equipment behind.”
A police report said that 1,950 metres of fishing net, 620 wooden poles and 560 kilograms of small fish were seized. The fish were released back into the lake.
“We are going to destroy the fishing net,” Mr Yotheavireak added.
“We are trying to find who its owner is, but no one dares to tell us about that. It is a crime because the fishing net has small holes and it is pretty long, so it is illegal.”
Mr Yotheavireak noted that legal nets should not be more than 120 metres long and must have larger holes to allow smaller fish to escape.