The investor in Cambodia’s first large scale marine fish farm project in Preah Sihanouk province, that was approved by the Council for the Development of Cambodia (CDC) in April, has been asked to submit an environmental impact assessment study to the Ministry of Environment before it can begin operations.
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“In April the CDC approved the $24-million quality investment project [QIP] submitted by Norwegian firm Vitamar AS Co.,” said Thay Somony, director of the Fisheries Administration’s Aquaculture Development Department at the Ministry of Agriculture.
“The Ministry of Agriculture fully supports this project as this is a first in the country and we also worked with the Norwegian company to help them with the documentation needed by the CDC,” added Mr Somony.
Mr Somony said Vitamar now needs to carry out an EIA study in accordance with the requirements of the CDC, and submit it to the Ministry of Environment for approval before they can begin operations.
According to state news agency AKP, $11 million of the total investment would be used within the next two years for infrastructure, including construction of a coastal facility and egg-hatching site, as well as staff training.
Another $9 million would be used during the following three years to increase fish production from 1,000 to 2,500 tonnes annually, and to expand distribution and exports.
The remaining $4 million would then be used to achieve a goal of producing some 3,000 tonnes of fish a year and for market expansion.
According to Sao Sopheap, the spokesman for the Ministry of Environment, once the CDC has approved any QIP, the investors then have a legal obligation to conduct an EIA study.
“We have yet to receive the EIA study from the marine fish farm project,” he said.