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 Read More…

What are the impacts of dams on the Mekong river?

The Third Pole — China completed its first mainstream hydropower dam on the Mekong, the Manwan dam in Yunnan province, in 1995, and has since planned and built 10 more. Eleven hydropower dams are in various stages of planning and construction in Laos and Cambodia on the mainstream of the Mekong river, along with hundreds of dams on its tributaries. Energy demand is expected to increase by Read More…

Mekong River group urges more data sharing on hydropower operations

CNA — The inter-governmental Mekong River Commission (MRC) has urged China and Southeast Asian countries to share more data on hydropower operations that can contribute to abnormal rises and falls in water levels on the vital waterway. The changes in water levels have affected navigation, river ecosystems and riverbank stability in the region, where tens of millions depend on the Mekong Read More…

Min of Agriculture responds to allegations of loss of fisheries

Khmer Times — The Ministry of Agriculture yesterday responded to criticism and accusations by opposition groups and the media that the decline and loss of fish production is due to the incompetence of the Ministry, the Fisheries Administration and local officials. The criticism also raised concerns over illegal deforestation, flooding, illegal occupation and no measures to release fish Read More…

FAO to assist country’s struggling fisheries

Khmer Times — Cambodia will receive a boost in its efforts to combat climate change and curb illegal fishing after the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) received approval from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) to implement projects in eight countries, including Cambodia. The five projects will benefit from $46.6 million in funding and also sponsor projects in Read More…

Hopes dashed for Kampong Cham fishermen as conservation lake dries

Khmer Times — For many years, illegal and over-fishing have depleted the population of fish in the lakes and rivers across Cambodia, particularly during the dry season. For fishermen in Kampong Cham province’s Kang Meas district, they have pinned their hopes on a conservation lake on the border with Kandal province which has bred all kinds of fish to be released into six other lakes when Read More…

Rains renew Mekong Delta erosion threat

Vietnam Plus — The Mekong Delta region has been threatened by erosion along rivers and canals in recent days, and authorities are taking measures to protect people and property. The delta is entering the rainy season, which can cause more erosion, especially as rains and storms combine with high tides. An Giang province saw 50 metres of land being eroded in two places in Cho Moi Read More…

Siem Reap fishery officials pumping water to save protected fish…

The Phnom Penh Post — Siem Reap provincial Fisheries Administration officials are rehabilitating and pumping water into streams, canals and reservoirs in the Boeung Pearaing breeder conservation area to save fish species. Chan Tong, deputy head of the provincial Fisheries Administration, told The Post on June 6 that hot weather and low levels of water in the conservation area have caused Read More…

World Environment Day: Vietnam preserving Mekong Delta’s ecosystem

Vietnam Plus — The theme of World Environment Day this year being “Ecosystem Restoration” expresses the importance of preserving and developing natural ecosystems in order to sustain a healthy environment for people’s survival. In Vietnam, multiple efforts have been made to assist in the recovery of degraded and destroyed ecosystems as well as conserve those that are still intact, Read More…

‘Mangroves are life’: the female conservationists rewilding the…

Positive News — When storms whip up the waves, sending white horses charging to the shore, mangrove forests are often the first line of defence for coastal communities in the tropics. And with the climate crisis making the weather ever more volatile, people living in these coastal communities are waking up to the benefits of mangrove forests, which also provide a habitat for fish and Read More…