Minister: Protect fish habitat

The Phnom Penh Post

Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Veng Sakhon urged an end to the destruction of flooded forests that serve as fish habitat and the use of creeks to plant lotus trees.

Sakhon made the call as the Kingdom observed National Fish Day on July 1.

“Since 2003, National Fish Day is celebrated every year with the release of breeder fish and fish spawn and other aquatic animals of local varieties totalling five million fish per year into our natural waters. The release is to increase the national fish stock production to help sustain the livelihoods of local people,” he said.

The minister added that due to Covid-19, large-scale celebrations were missed in 2020-21 but the release of fish eggs into natural wasters continued in local communities.

He mentioned the seven recommendations by Prime Minister Hun Sen including a total ban on illegal fishing equipment use during the spawning season, flooded forest logging in spawning habitats and taking over creeks for non-fishing purposes.

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