Fish catches to decline in second fishing season

Khmer Times

As Cambodia enters its second fishing season, fish catches are widely expected to decline due to adverse weather conditions.

The second phase of the fishing season started on January 21 and will end on the 26, according to the Fisheries Administration, who issued a public statement last month urging producers of Prahok to buy their fish at the end of this month in fishing areas around the Tonle Sap.

The fishing season is already upon us, but fish yields are low, said Nao Thuk, secretary of state at the Ministry of Agriculture, who added that the small catches were the direct result of heavy rainfall in areas around the Tonle Sap.

“There have been heavy showers these past few days, which makes it harder for fishermen to catch the fish used for making prahok,” Mr Thuk said.

“In sunny days, up to 150 kilograms of fish are caught, but on rainy days, only 10 to 15 kilograms are brought to shore.

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