Khmer Times —
About 58 endangered aquatic species in Cambodia face extinction if more effort is not made to protect them.
Ouk Vibol, director of the Fisheries Conservation Department of the Agriculture Ministry’s Fisheries Administration, said in an interview with a local media outlet yesterday the population of these species is continuing to decline despite there being laws to conserve them.
He said 29 of the aquatic creatures are freshwater species and the other 29 are saltwater ones. Of these, 14 species are considered as critically endangered, including the Irrawaddy dolphin and the Royal Turtle.
“For example, the Royal Turtle are classified as a globally threatened species because it takes them 30 years to reproduce and normally they can only live in specific areas,” Mr Vibol said. “If their habitats are destroyed or harmed, we won’t find these species anywhere else in Cambodia.”