The largest fish harvest of the year is approaching, and Phnom Penh’s fish markets are about to get busy.
In short, it’s December and so prahok season is upon us.
A traditional Cambodian fish paste, prahok is made from fermented Siamese mud carp called trey riel in Khmer.
Along the Mekong, fishermen are preparing to fill their nets with the heavy catches. …
According to the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, the yield for the 2012-2013 season fell by 28,000 tonnes compared with the previous harvest.
Trey reil sells for 800 to 1,500 riel ($0.2 to $0.385) per kilogram, though the bigger fish can fetch up to 5,000 riel per kilogram. Cambodians from nearby provinces flock to the markets for trey riel.
Prahok is common at the Cambodian dinner table, but the fish paste is also popular in neighbouring Thailand and Vietnam. …
Chan Muy Hong
The European Commission’s proposed ban on fish imports from Cambodia would cause no harm to the country’s fish exports since it has never sold fish to European countries, a Cambodian fisheries chief said Wednesday.
“The sanctions, announced by the European Commission on Tuesday, do not affect Cambodia’s fish exports at all,” Nao Thuok, director-general of the Fisheries Administration at the Ministry of Agriculture, told Xinhua. “Cambodia has never exported fish to Europe because of stringent standards.” …
The Southeast Asian nation annually exports some 20,000 tones of maritime and fresh water fish to Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, China, Japan, South Korea, the United States, Australia and Russia, he said, adding that the annual turnover from fish exports is about 40 million U.S. dollars.
However, Nao Thuok acknowledged that the ban would spoil Cambodia’s reputation. …
Xinhuanet News Staff
A new study and accompanying short film released yesterday call for all lower Mekong dam developers to halt plans until further impact studies can be made.
Hydropower dams will have a greater impact on river flows than even climate change, according to research by the University of Canterbury and the Mekong River Commission.
The report, released yesterday, is the distillation of three years of research on the Sekong, Srepok and Sesan (3S) Rivers, and provided background for the new documentary short, Hydropower Impacts and Alternatives.
Both the report and the film, produced in part by the NGO Conservation International, emphasize the need to balance conservation with Cambodia’s growing energy sector and the 42 dams proposed for the 3S river basin. …
Phnom Penh municipal governor Pa Socheatvong has ordered a complete suspension of all sand-dredging activities while the municipality investigates whether the companies are operating illegally, a spokesman said.
The order came during a meeting yesterday between the governor and his subordinates, City Hall spokesman Long Dimanche said. …
Dredging has remained a controversial business in Cambodia, with the government maintaining it’s necessary for protecting waterways and environmental groups saying it is done almost exclusively for profit and is hugely detrimental to ecosystems. …
Khouth Sophak Chakrya and Chhay Channyda
The Fisheries Administration and the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) on Friday officially launched a program to protect Cambodia’s coastline from over-fishing, erosion and other damage to coastal environments and livelihoods.
Since the beginning of the year, the program has been training local officials and residents in Cambodia’s four coastal provinces to patrol for illegal fishing and plant mangrove trees, which help prevent beach erosion and offer nutrients to coastal animals and plants, Fisheries Administration director Nao Thuok said. …
A Northeastern section of the Mekong River that is home to a number of endangered species has been designated a conservation site by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.
A prakas issued by Minister Chan Sarun on April 23 officially declared a 56-kilometre section of the Mekong mainstream between Kratie and Stung Treng towns, known as the Mekong Flooded Forest, as a “management and conservation site for biodiversity and fisheries resources”. …
The Ministry of Agriculture’s fisheries administration announced yesterday that the seasonal nationwide ban on commercial fishing is now in effect, according to a statement.
Signed by the director general of the fisheries administration, Nao Thuok, the announcement states that the fishing ban north of Phnom Penh’s Chroy Changvar bridge will last until Sept. 30, while the ban will last a month longer, until Oct. 30, south of the bridge. …
Aun Pheap, P. 24
A group from the Japanese Fish Rearing Association led by Kazuki Nishimura met with Chan Sarun, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. During the meeting Kazuki Nishimura told the minister that the Japanese Fish Rearing Association wished to introduce Japanese fresh water fish (Nishiki Koi) in Cambodia, which is the first country chosen for Nishiki Koi fhish crossbreed. Chan Sarun welcomed and supported the association’s intentions, which he said will further help to boost Cambodia’s development as well as poverty reduction for the Cambodian people…In the first six months of this year Cambodia has yielded 377,500 tons of fish including 292,500 tons of fresh water fish, 47,000 tons of maritime fish, and 38,000 tons of raised fish. There has reportedly been a strong crackdown on illegal fishing this year.
(p 27 Vol 5, No 95)
Crocodile farmers are feeling the pinch after a year of volatile crocodile prices and market demand. Despite the spike in crocodile prices late last year – which followed on the heels of worrying lows between 2005 and 2007 – demand for the live exports of baby crocodiles remains unpredictable at best, and elusive at worst. Crocodile farming in Cambodia is chiefly centered around live exports of baby crocodiles to Vietnam and Thailand, where the babies are purchased, raised and cultivated for their meat and hides.
(By Phorn Bopha and Bridget Di Certo, pg. 27)