Healthy Forests, Healthy Lake 

This drawing shows flooded forest provides safe places for juvenile fish to hide from predators and fishermen. Illustration: Chhut Chheana
  • Chhut Chheana /USAID Wonders of the Mekong
  • June 21, 2020 10:53 AM

Flooded forest in the Tonle Sap Lake are safe habitats for fish juvenile during they reach and take the Tonle Sap Lake for shelter. 

Flooded forest ringing the Tonle Sap Lake create a rich ecosystem that feeds a diverse fishery. The flooded forest provides nutrients in the form of leaf litter that supports the food web. The complex habitat created by a diversity of tree species and fallen woody debris creates hiding spots for larvae and juvenile fish. 

Different fish eat different foods, including other fish, shrimp, clams, insects, fruits, seeds, plants, and detritus (to be continued).

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