Cambodia releases 500,000 fish in national fish day
Ros Kar Knau, (Kampong Cham Province): Cambodia on July 1 marked the national fish day in Ros Kar Knau commune, Chrouch Chmar district , kampong Cham province, along Mekong river with releasing 0ver 500,000 fish and 100,000 lobsters. The ceremony is to raise awareness of people about environment protection, rare fish protection, and protection of water resources.
Speaking at the ceremony, Prime Minister Hun Sen said: “the government dissolved fishing lots but it keeps 23 per cent for fish conservation areas. Other 73 per cent for general fishing areas handed over to people to be able to fish.” The move is significant to help fish to produce new offspring and accelerates the rare fish.
Report from the Fisheries Administration at the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, said Cambodia exported 30,000 tonnes of fish product in 2011 and earned about 60 million US dollars. More than 70% of the Cambodian population dependent on agriculture or fisheries for their livelihood and fish meat is protein for Cambodian daily food. (SEAW)