Indian mackerel fishing banned for two months

Khmer Times: 13 January 2016

The Fisheries Administration of Cambodia announced that they were suspending all fishing of Indian Mackerel in the Cambodian Sea starting this Friday and lasting until the end of March.  According to a statement from the Fisheries Administration, the fishing ban on this particular species of saltwater fish, known as Pla Thou or Kam Mong in Cambodia, is so they have time to breed.

Eng Chea San, director of the Department of Fisheries, told Khmer Times that this is done every year, and covers all fishing locations in Cambodia.  “We must protect those fish because this is the season of fish breeding,” Mr. Chea San said.   “If we do not do this, they will be extinct.”

He said his officials would work to enforce this edict through legal means.  Mr. Chea San called for all fishermen to cooperate with the government to protect resources and fish in Cambodia.

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