Friday June 17, 2022

The Phnom Penh Post

An almost 4m-long, 300kg giant freshwater stingray was weighed, labelled and DNA tested before being released back into the water after being caught on a fishing line in the Cambodian stretch of the Mekong River in Stung Treng province on June 14.

A Fisheries Administration official in Stung Treng province and a team from the Wonders of the Mekong project and the Inland Fisheries Research and Development Institute (IFReDI) carried out the testing.

Srey Sam Vichet, head of the provincial fisheries administration, said on June 15 that the caught giant freshwater stingray weighed 300kg and measured 398cm from head to tail, with a width of 220cm.

It was the was third the time in recent weeks that a female giant freshwater stingray had been released back into the upper Mekong River, he added.

The stingray was caught on a fishing line on June 13 at 4pm in Koh Preah commune’s Koh Preah village in Stung Treng province’s Siem Bok district. It was not one released on May 23 because of their different sizes, Sam Vichet said.

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