Illegal fishing task force for Tonle Sap Lake claims success

The Cambodia Daily

A government task force set up to curb illegal fishing on the Tonle Sap lake has confiscated more than 60 boats, seized thousands of meters of illegal fishing nets and arrested dozens of fishermen during its four-month campaign, the National Police reported on Wednesday.

Prime Minister Hun Sen created the task force in December to crack down on rampant illegal fishing on the lake, made Agriculture Minister Veng Sakhon the leader of the group and provided a helicopter to help survey the area.

Between December 8 and Monday, authorities stopped 730 cases of illegal fishing on the sprawling lake and apprehended 36 people who were later sent to the courts, according to a report posted on the National Police website on Wednesday. No details of any charges or convictions were provided.

The report also said that 64 fishing boats were impounded, four pieces of prohibited electric fishing equipment and 43 batteries were seized, and about 22 tons of live fish were released into the lake.

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