Authorities in Pursat province’s Kandieng district yesterday arrested 15 people during an illegal fishing crackdown that also netted banned angling gear.
Chan Rith, a Kandieng district military official, said that after authorities examined an area along Tonle Sap, officers found a group of men fishing in a banned area using illegal equipment.
Mr Rith said 15 fishermen were arrested, while six boats and 6,560 metres of fishing net were seized.
“There is a ban on fishing in that area right now but they were still fishing, and their gear was illegal,” he said.
Mr Rith added that from July to October every year, fishing in certain areas is strictly prohibited to allow for the fish to breed.
According to a Ministry of Agriculture report, the number of illegal fishing cases handled by authorities jumped by nearly 30 percent in the first half of 2017 compared with the same period last year. In the first half of 2017, authorities investigated 1,653 cases of illegal fishing, up 27.34 percent on the same period in 2016.
Among the 2017 cases, 1,553 of the cases were on rivers and 100 at sea. Authorities destroyed 704,432 metres of illegal fishing nets, along with 274 banned tools.