The Fisheries Administration has announced the time is almost here for those wanting to make prahok and pha-ak – both fermented fish products – with the first phase of a good fishing season beginning Friday and lasting until December 27.
The second phase will be from January 21 to 26 if the sky is clear and there is no unseasonal rain.
The director of the Fisheries Administration appealed to people wanting to make prahok (fermented fish paste) or pha-ak (fermented fish with sticky rice), to buy fish at the end of this week and at the end of January along the Tonle Sap fishing areas.
Nao Thuok, secretary of state at the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, said that authorities expect fish products to increase compared with last year based on an examination of the water level in the Tonle Sap.
“If we look at the water situation from the beginning of the season, the water has risen early. In the Chaktomuk area, the water level is one and a half meters higher than in 2016,” he said.
“In the Tonle Sap lake, the water level is nearly two metres higher than last year so there will be many small fish. So we hope this year’s fish yield will be better than last year.”
He said the water level in the Tonle Sap increased over the previous year, giving female fish the chance to have many births and grow larger in size.