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Canal renovation to rescue farmers fields in Cholkiri

The Kampong Chhnang provincial Department of Water Resources and Meteorology is speeding up dredging of a 3km canal channelling water from the Tonle Sap Lake to supply 4,000ha of rice fields in Koh Thkov commune, in Cholkiri district. ...

Khout Sophak Chakrya
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/canal-renovation-rescue-farmers-fields-cholkiri

NGO urges Cambodia’s Interior Ministry to intervene in eviction of Vietnamese from Tonle Sap Lake

A nongovernmental organization in Cambodia called on the country’s Interior Ministry to intervene in the eviction of more than 2,000 ethnic Vietnamese living on the Tonle Sap Lake, saying land demarcated for their relocation lacks the infrastructure necessary to support them. ...

Joshua Lipes
https://www.rfa.org/english/news/cambodia/vietnamese-11142018160710.html

Freshwater fish yield, fishing crimes increase

Members of the fishing community and the fisheries authority said on Tuesday that freshwater fish yields might be greater than that of last year, while fishing crimes have risen in the flooded forest areas surrounding the Tonle Sap lake. ...

Khouth Sophak Chakrya
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/freshwater-fish-yield-fishing-crimes-increase

Crackdown on illegal fishing in Tonle Sap

Pursat provincial police and fishery administration officials cracked down on a large scale illegal fishing operation along Tonle Sap lake and seized equipment including over 5,300 fishing nets in Kandieng district’s Raing Til commune. ...

Pech Sotheary
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50524750/crackdown-on-illegal-fishing-in-tonle-sap/

Crackdown nets 43 cases of illegal fishing

Fisheries administration officials and local authorities on Wednesday discovered off-season fishing activities in 43 areas along Tonle Sap lake in Kampong Chhnang province. ...

Or Sreypich
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50521263/crackdown-nets-43-cases-of-illegal-fishing/

Illegal fishing cases see decline

Illegal fishing cases slumped by about 12 percent in the first half of this year compared with the same period last year, the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries said in a report released yesterday. ...

Pav Suy
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50514953/illegal-fishing-cases-see-decline/

Community, monks rally for water canal

More than 200 community members, local officers and monks demonstrated for the construction of a water canal to facilitate transportation, patrols and promote tourism at a bird sanctuary in Siem Reap town’s Chreav commune on Saturday. ...

Soth Koemsoeun
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/community-monks-rally-water-canal

PM: Save our flooded forests

Prime Minister Hun Sen has called on the Agriculture Ministry to do more to prevent land grabbing in the country’s endangered flooded forests.Speaking at the closing ceremony of the Agriculture Ministry’s annual meeting yesterday, Mr. Hun Sen said encroachment risks wiping out fish populations that ...

Ven Rathavong
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/37427/pm--save-our-flooded-forests/

Japan wades in on Tonle Sap algae

The Japan International Cooperation Agency has agreed to oversee a project to help recover water quality in the Tonle Sap lake in response to the appearance of a large bloom of algae. ...

Pav Suy
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/36423/japan-wades-in--on-tonle-sap-algae/

Floating villages to be grounded

A government minister has sounded the death knell for Tonle Sap picturesque floating villages after outlining a long-term plan to rehome all those living on the lake. Agriculture Minister Veng Sakhon yesterday told Khmer Times he wants to relocate thousands of families living on the lake ...

Mom Kunthear
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/36334/floating-villages-to-be-grounded/

Government task force destroys seized illegal fishing gear

A government task force charged with eliminating illegal fishing on the Tonle Sap lake has destroyed more than 100 km of nets and other equipment seized in Kompong Chhnang and Kompong Thom provinces this month, officials said on Monday.   ...

Van Roeun
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/government-task-force-destroys-seized-illegal-fishing-gear-125494/

2017: A good year for fish

Cambodians can expect up to 14,000 tons of fish caught from the Tonle Sap, Mekong and Bassac rivers this year, a 5,000 ton increase compared with last year, which will be sufficient to meet all local demand, said the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries ...

Sok Chan
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/34057/2017--a-good-year-for-fish/

Gov’t officials expect high fish yield

Government officials are predicting a better haul of fish, typically used to make prahok, this season due to higher water levels in the Tonle Sap Lake and River. The fishing season, which began on Thursday and is expected to last until February, will see higher yields ...

Chea Vannak
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/33046/gov---t-officials-expect-high-fish-yield/

Police launch blitz on illegal fishing

Pursat provincial police have launched a week-long campaign to crack down on widespread illegal fishing. Authorities say they have confiscated and destroyed many kinds of illegal fishing equipment on the Tonle Sap Lake from Kampon Loung in Krakor district to the Kampong Chhang province border. Pursat deputy ...

Pech Sotheary
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/32912/police-launch-blitz-on-illegal-fishing/

Protesters want Mekong dams stopped

About 20 environmental activists called on the government to stop all new dam projects on the Mekong River to protect fish stocks and communities slated to be affected by construction. The appeal was made by the group as they gathered in front of the parliament building ...

Pech Sotheary
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/31433/protesters-want-mekong-dams-stopped/

Vietnamese families leave the Tonle Sap

Ethnic Vietnamese residents of Tonle Sap Lake are continuing to head back to Vietnam in droves due to overbearing and costly rules being strictly enforced by local authorities, robbing many of them of the only homeland they have ever known. Minority Rights Organization (MIRO) official Seorn ...

May Titthara
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/29279/vietnamese--families-leave-the-tonle-sap/

River of change: Hydropower dams and the Mekong River’s uncertain future

From the snowy plateaus of Tibet to the mountain gorges of China’s Yunnan province and beyond to the jungled borders of Myanmar, Thailand, Laos and down to the plains of Cambodia and paddy fields of Vietnam – the Mekong River is of crucial importance to ...

Ten Soksreinith
http://www.voacambodia.com/a/river-of-change-hydropower-dams-and-the-mekong-river-uncertain-future/3436827.html

Wonder of the aquatic world under threat from plans for Mekong dams

Scientists warn that plans to build dams across Tonlé Sap, south-east Asia’s greatest lake, could be an ecological timebomb threatening the food security of millions. In a few months’ time, monsoon rains will more than quadruple the size of Cambodia’s Tonlé Sap, south-east Asia’s greatest lake ...

John Vidal
http://www.theguardian.com/global-development-professionals-network/2016/jan/08/wonder-of-the-aquatic-world-under-threat-from-plans-for-mekong-dams

Mekong yields first giant catfish of year

One of the largest and rarest freshwater fish in the world was netted by local fishermen near Phnom Penh earlier this month.A two-metre Mekong giant catfish, weighing an estimated 90 to 114 kilos, one of only a handful left of a species that faces extinction, ...

Jamie Elliott
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/mekong-yields-first-giant-catfish-year

Drought spawns fish fears

Fishing communities along two of Cambodia’s principle rivers say their livelihoods are threatened by droughts that have reduced water levels and devastated fish numbers.“The Tonle Sap is 3 metres lower than last year,” Long Sochhet, president of the Coalition of Cambodian Fishing Communities, said yesterday. ...

Khouth Sophak Chakrya and Jamie Elliott
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/drought-spawns-fish-fears

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