Freshwater Fishing to Close for Spawn Season

People fish on the Mekong River in Phnom Penh, Cambodia on Aug. 6, 2021. Photo by Sovannara/Xinhua

PHNOM PENH – Fishermen will not be allowed to fish in freshwater rivers and pounds from June to October as the spawning season is about to start.

On May 23, the Fisheries Administration issued a statement on the closing of the fisheries season in freshwater areas, with two different closing dates depending on the provinces.

Fishing will be banned from June 1 to September 30 in all freshwater areas located in the provinces of Kampong Chhnang, Pursat, Battambang, Pailin, Banteay Manchey, Siem Reap, Oddar Meanchey, Preah Vihear, Ratanakiri, Mondulkiri, Kratie, Tbong Khmum, Kampong Cham, and Kampong Thom.

The same dates apply to the areas of Phnom Penh city and Kandal province located North of the Chaktomuk areas, which refers to the place where the Mekong and Tonle Sap rivers meet, in front of the Royal Palace.

For areas of Phnom Penh and Kandal province located South of that point, as well as for every freshwater site in Prey Veng, Svay Reang, Takeo and Kampong Speu provinces, fishing will be banned from July 1 to October 31.

However, fishermen will be allowed to use family fishing gears – which includes 44 types – in accordance with announcement No. 458 issued in 2012 which re-determined the family fishing gears for fisheries in the freshwater areas during the closed season.

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