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Two fishermen in hot water after breaking fishing ban

Kratie provincial authorities have referred two suspects to court for illegally fishing the Mekong River during the fishing ban, which was implemented on June 1 and is in force until the end of September, seizing more than 50,000 sqm of fishing nets. ...

Ry Sochan
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/two-fishermen-hot-water-after-breaking-fishing-ban

WCS team cracks down on illegal fishing which endangers giant turtles

The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) announced today that its team and local communities, in collaboration with the Fisheries Administration officials, have conducted joint patrols against illegal fishing along the Mekong River stretching from Kratie to Stung Treng provinces. ...

Sen David
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50910817/wcs-team-cracks-down-on-illegal-fishing-which-endangers-giant-turtles/

Disaster Committee prepared for upcoming flood season

The National Committee for Disaster Management (NCDM) has prepared a disaster relief plan to deal with flash floods which may occur during this year’s rainy season, especially in provinces along the Mekong River and mountainous areas. ...

Chhun Sun Ly
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50909694/disaster-committee-prepared-for-upcoming-flood-season/

Cambodia has over 100 river and sea ports

Cambodia has in total 105 ports, of which 78 are river ports located along the Mekong, Tonle Sap, Tonle Basac and in provinces, and 27 others are sea ports. ...

Khmer Times Staff
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50902640/cambodia-has-over-100-river-and-sea-ports/

Warning of imminent ‘strong pulse’ in Mekong water levels

The Mekong River Commission (MRC) warned Wednesday of a “strong pulse” in the river’s water levels over the next five days. ...

Khmer Times Staff
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50903371/warning-of-imminent-strong-pulse-in-mekong-water-levels/

No fishing during fish spawning

The Kampong Cham province fishery community director Eng Nam has called on the fishing community not to fish during the spawning season which started last month until October. ...

Yin Soeum
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50902847/no-fishing-during-fish-spawning/

Ministry: Mekong waters rising

The Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology has issued a warning about Mekong River water levels that are expected to rise over the next few days with a storm that will potentially cause flooding in low-lying areas along the upper Mekong River in Stung Treng, ...

Orm Bunthoeurn
https://phnompenhpost.com/national/ministry-mekong-waters-rising

Khun Sea Development Fills In Mekong River Near Arey Ksat Ferry Stop

A representative for prominent tycoon Khun Sea’s company confirmed the firm was responsible for in-filling in the Mekong River very near to the ferry stop at Kandal’s Arey Ksat – after social media users and ferry passengers posted photos of large stony embankments. ...

Sun Narin
https://www.voacambodia.com/a/khun-sea-development-fills-in-mekong-river-near-arey-ksat-ferry-stop/5956454.html

Company filling in Mekong River causes concerns among Kandal’s communities

Saying that the details of Khun Sea Development Group’s proposed project were opaque, local communities and activists voiced concerns over the environmental impacts and lack of transparency. ...

Ou Sokmean
https://cambodianess.com/article/company-filling-in-mekong-river-causes-concerns-among-kandals-communities

MRC gets $13M for management of Mekong River

Australia, Germany, and Switzerland have pledged nearly $13 million in funding for the Mekong River Commission (MRC) to assist member countries including Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam with their responses to pressing challenges while safeguarding the ecological functioning of the Mekong River and improving people’s ...

Nov Sivutha
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/mrc-gets-13m-management-mekong-river

Warship on track for April salvage

If nothing changes, the team searching for unexploded ordnance (UXO) in the warship which was sunk in the Mekong River in Meanchey commune’s Veal village of Kampong Cham province’s Srei Santhor district during the Cambodian civil war in the 1970s, would be completed in late ...

Nov Sivutha
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/warship-track-april-salvage

Large-scale Mekong River landfilling draws concern eco-system and water way

Almost every day for the past year about a dozen boats carrying thousands of cubic meters of sand dump their load at Koh Norea, a small tip of land where the Mekong spills into the Bassac river. According to workers at the site, the sand ...

Sorn Sarath
https://cambojanews.com/large-scale-mekong-river-landfilling-draws-concern-eco-system-and-water-way/

Water levels in Mekong hit worrisome new lows

The Mekong River Commission (MRC) has expressed concern that water levels in the river have dropped significantly, changing the colour of the water in some areas, and warned that this situation could impact agricultural production and wildlife migration in Cambodia and the other countries in ...

Lay Samean
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/water-levels-mekong-hit-worrisome-new-lows

Illegal fish nets kill adult male Irrawaddy dolphin in Kratie

Conservationists and communities in the Anlong Kampi Irrawaddy dolphin conservation area in Kratie province said that despite the ban on fishing and regular patrols, fishing offences in the area are still happening which they said is cause for alarm. ...

Khouth Sophak Chakrya
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/illegal-fish-nets-kill-adult-male-irrawaddy-dolphin-kratie

Chinese dams under US scrutiny in Mekong rivalry

A U.S.-funded project using satellites to track and publish water levels at Chinese dams on the Mekong River was announced Monday, adding to the superpowers’ rivalry in Southeast Asia. ...

Reuters
https://www.voacambodia.com/a/5698640.html

In Cambodia, a sweeping new environment code languishes in legal limbo

In Cambodia, the Mekong River winds past Southeast Asia’s largest remaining lowland evergreen forest before filling up Tonle Sap, the region’s largest freshwater lake. The river, lined with valuable sand, is home to an abundance of endangered species like the Mekong giant catfish and giant ...

Andrew Nachemson
https://news.mongabay.com/2020/08/in-cambodia-a-sweeping-new-environment-code-languishes-in-legal-limbo/

Much lower water levels recorded so far in 2020

RAINFALL and water levels in the Mekong river basin are very low this year, compared with 2018 and 2019, said Water Resources Ministry spokesman Chan Youttha ...

Khann Chanvirak
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50753940/much-lower-water-levels-recorded-so-far-in-2020/

Mekong is at historical lows

The Mekong is once again at historical lows. The Mekong River Commission (MRC) gauge at Phnom Penh Port shows river level to be four metres below average for this time of year – and lower than last year’s record. ...

Mark Hughes
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50748811/mekong-is-at-historical-lows/

Cambodia scraps plans for Mekong hydropower dams

A Cambodian government decision to postpone building new hydropower dams on the Mekong river has been welcomed by campaigners, who say it will provide welcome relief to the tens of thousands of people whose livelihood depend upon its rich resources. ...

Rebecca Ratcliffe
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/20/cambodia-scraps-plans-for-mekong-hydropower-dams

Cambodian official: no new dams planned for Mekong mainstream before 2030

A Ministry of Energy official said Tuesday that Cambodia will not develop new mainstream hydropower projects on the Mekong River for the next 10 years. ...

Sun Narin
https://www.voacambodia.com/a/cambodian-official-no-new-dams-planned-for-mekong-mainstream-before-2030/5332171.html

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