Race on to Save Fish as Conservation Lake Dries Up 

Authorities and organization partners are working to save fish species in Boeung Peareang Conservation Lake which has dried up because of the extreme hot weather. Photo: Dyna Piseth

SIEM REAP – Authorities and organization partners are working to save fish species in Boeung Peareang Conservation Lake which has dried up because of the extreme hot weather. 



Kong Mongkul, president of the Boeung Peareang ecotourism community in Siem Reap city, said the lake is almost 80 percent dry. His team is digging ponds in the lake to save fish species.



He said the community received permission from the Ministry of Agriculture and Siem Reap Administration to save the fish. 



Mongkul said four ponds had been dug which were believed to keep enough water in the dry season but these were not enough and more were needed.



“Without this, there will be no water in this season,” he said.



The community team dug a pond in the eastern part of the lake. Water has been being pumped day and night into the lake for two weeks.



Mongkul said a few fish died mid-April because they had not been rescued on time.



Because climate change was worsening and digging ponds took a long time, Mongkol wanted the government to restore the natural lake to save fish in the short term.



“I asked for advice from the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries to access the plan and get the budget from the ministry,” he said. 



“The only way is for the ministry to dig to restore the whole lake.” 



Last week, the Fisheries Action Coalition Team (FACT) organization provided urgent funds to dig, restore the lake, and pump water into the conservation area. 



FACT said they used an excavator to dig on May 3 to rescue fish, birds, and diverse species in Boeng Peareang before it rains.

 



 Originally written in Khmer for ThmeyThmey, this story was translated by Chhuon Kongieng for Cambodianess



 


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