On Tonle Sap, collusion, corruption mean overfishing

Voice of America
18 November 2013

PHNOM PENH – Members of a fishing community in Battambang province say overfishing has increased in recent years, fueled in part by collusion between criminals and the authorities responsible for protecting them.

Cambodia is facing a growing crisis from overfishing, as major fish stocks in the Tonle Sap lake are being depleted, diminishing a major source of protein for millions of people.

In Kantrai village, Battambang province, fisherman Lorn Rim said the are “no fish now.”

“Last year, some fish came up here, but this year I’ve seen none,” he said.

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