Exports of fish and related products in Cambodia rose slightly during the first nine months of the year, according to the latest report from the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, though the sector suffered a small drop in revenue.
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From January to September, revenue in the local fishing sector amounted to $324,998, a small decrease from last year’s $325,317 during the same period.
However, fresh fish exports were up 110 tonnes, reaching 7,060 tonnes. Exports of processed fish, meanwhile, rose by 90 tonnes to 3,970 tonnes.
43,400 tonnes of river fish were processed during the 9-month period (an increase of 2,100 tonnes), while for ocean fish the figure stood at 8,435 tonnes, a hike of 95 tonnes.
After a five-month hiatus in which the fishing season was officially closed, the ministry issued last month a statement to announce the launch of a new season in November. During closed season, fishermen can only use certain equipment for family fishing approved by the government.
Eng Chea San, director of the Fisheries Administration, said the Tonle Sap lake is one of the most productive and diverse lakes in the world. He said nearly 900 species of fish have been recorded in the Mekong river basin, 165 of which are migratory fish species.
He added that the government has been implementing programmes for migratory species in order to monitor larval and juvenile fish in the Mekong and Tonle Sap rivers.
Last year, revenue in the sector reached $750,000, a jump of $150,000. However, there was a fall in exports of fresh fish and processed fish products, according to the ministry.