This Year’s National Fishery Day Celebrated in Battambang Province

Cambodia marks this morning the 15th National Fishery Day in Battambang province under the presidency of Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Samdech Kralahom Sar Kheng.

More than 5,500 people who are Senate, National Assembly and Government members, foreign ambassadors accredited to Cambodia, representatives of national and international organisations, civil servants, students and local people took part in the celebration held at Battambang Multipurpose Dam or Sek Sak Dam located in Plov Meas commune, Ratanak Mondul district.

Speaking at the annual event, Samdech Kralahom Sar Kheng called on the competent authorities at all levels to pay attention to preventing and cracking down on all illegal fishing cases and to helping address the challenges of fishermen on time.

On the occasion, some 1 million baby fish of various species and 100,000 young lobsters were released at the dam.

H.E. Veng Sakhon, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, said the Battambang Multipurpose Dam is situated about 54 kilometres from Battambang provincial town in Tek Sap village. This 3,300-metre-long dam was built by the Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology in cooperation with Guangdong Foreign Construction Co., Ltd. between March 2014 and 2017.

According to a research conducted by WorldFish organisation in cooperation with the Freshwater Fisheries Development and Research Institute of Cambodia's Fisheries Administration, Cambodian Agricultural Research and Development Institute, each Cambodian household consumes some 5,3 kilogrammes of fish five times a week and 63 percent of rural people have jobs related to fishing.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press