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Fishing and forest crackdown yields results

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Officials have told fishermen to stick to legal practices. Supplied

Nearly 3,000 cases have been detected in a crackdown on fisheries and forest crime in the first nine months of this year.

The results were in a Ministry of Agriculture and Fishery report published on Friday.

It said that out of 2,870 illegal fishing cases, 2,687 cases had been in rivers. There had been 173 cases of illegal sea fishing and 1,241,816 metres of illegal net had been seized.

The ministry confiscated illegally logged timber in 963 cases, involving 2,663 cubic metres of wood. A crackdown on illegal hunting yielded 3,830 animals.

Agriculture Minister Veng Sakhon said in the report: “We must strengthen cooperation with local authorities to crack down on illegal logging and fishing and cooperate with other partners to maintain these resources.”

Last year, there were 1,490 cases of illegal logging and hunting and 3,650 of illegal fishing.

Vet Thearith, chief of fishery administration in Kandal province, said that last week the local authority cracked down on three cases of illegal fishing in Lerk Dek district.

“Officials went to explain the legal ways to fish to residents. If they fish illegally they will face a crackdown,” he said.

Ho Sam, 43, a fisherman in Kampong Chhnang province, said some fisherman used illegal nets and electric devices to fish.

“They want to get much more fish. That’s why they used those illegal devices but this will destroy the fish resources,” he said.

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