Authorities have reported that the 2021 seafood yield in Kampot has decreased by more than 2,000 pounds in volume, with officials pointing to various factors that has affected the fishing activities in the province.
The Director of Fisheries Administration of Kampot Provincial Department of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries, Sar Sorin, confirmed that in 2021, the total output of fishermen weighed at 18,000 tons. This is a decrease 2,300 tons or 11 percent compared to 2020’s yield of 20,300 tons.
“This decrease in sea yield is due to a number of factors, including climate change, such as frequent thunderstorms,”, the Director said.
According to Director Sorin, human factors have led to the loss of habitat in the fishing grounds. This is due to coastal development activities, use of illegal fishing gear, and illegal fishing. The Director stated that awareness of environmental protection and natural resources is still limited.
Director Sorin also stated that in order to conserve marine resources sustainably, the Fisheries Administration has set out the necessary plans and directions for implementation. Fisheries officials, must continue to mobilize partner organizations to set up border posts, mangroves, seagrass, and corals said the Director.
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