Agreement to conserve Mekong River fish

Khmer Times

Cambodia and Laos have formed a joint committee aimed at preserving and increasing the population of freshwater fish in the Mekong River. The committee was formed because of declining fish stocks in part due to illegal fishing and the construction of hydropower dams.

In a statement released by the Mekong River Commission, both nations met in Siem Reap province earlier this month to formulate a plan aimed at managing five species of freshwater fish that migrate long distances and are crucial for surrounding villagers’ food security.

“The joint management plan brings the two countries together to better manage our fisheries which will contribute to an increase of fish populations,” Lao National Mekong Committee deputy director-general Chanthachith Amphaychith was quoted as saying.

Representatives from the two countries also formed a Transboundary Fisheries Management team for the Mekong and Sekong rivers which will oversee conservation efforts.

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