Thousands of cases of illegal fishing found by task force

Cambodia Daily

In just over a month since the creation of a special task force to curb illegal fishing on the Tonle Sap lake, the Agriculture Ministry says it has already dealt with thousands of offenses.

“We have arrested nearly 10 people and cracked down on almost 4,000 cases during the operation,” Agriculture Minister Veng Sakhon said on Wednesday. “Some of them were sent to court and some of them were educated and allowed to return home after they paid a fine for small fishing crimes.”

Prime Minister Hun Sen signed off on a sub-decree creating the task force on December 13. But Mr. Sakhon said the crackdown actually began on December 8 on orders from the Interior Ministry.

The minister said it was proving hard to stamp out illegal fishing because the government lacked the resources to keep a constant watch on fishing families who lived on the lake.

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