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Candlelight commune candidate But Pov looks out at her farm land on May 29, 2022. (Roun Ry/VOD)

In Pursat, Flooded Forest Crackdown Takes Center Stage Before Election

Across Kandieng district in Pursat, people described living through a crackdown on flooded-forest farming and fishing that seemed inconsistent and designed to intimidate, in several cases becoming entwined with politics ahead of the June 5 commune election.

Security personnel are briefed before they begin a campaign to crackdown on illegal fishing on March 25, 2022. (Kampong Chhnang Provincial Administration)

Hun Sen Chastises Tonle Sap Governors for Failing to Act

Authorities responsible for the Tonle Sap lake again held an “emergency meeting” then fanned out across the country’s largest lake after Prime Minister Hun Sen said they had failed to curb illegal fishing.

Community fishery patrollers drive back to Kampong Kbeung village in a modified boat confiscated from illegal fishers that is now used by the patrol team. An increasing number of illegal fishers are modifying the hulls of their boats so that they can outpace the community patrol boats. (Andy Ball)

On Patrol, a Mekong Village Tackles Electric Fishing Scourge

Volunteer community patrollers along the Mekong aim to stop a rise in illegal electric fishing, which harms river ecosystems and livelihoods that rely on protected fisheries. But the sale of outlawed gear allows the dangerous practice to continue.

A man rows a boat on January 15, 2021 near the area where fisherman Toem Vi was allegedly beaten by fisheries officers in Takeo province’s Angkor Borey district. (Heng Vichet/VOD)

Fisherman Dies Following Alleged Beating by Fisheries Officers

A Takeo fisherman who suffered severe head injuries after allegedly being beaten by fisheries officers died at his family home on Thursday, after almost two weeks lying on a wooden bed unable to speak and his family unable to afford treatment.

Fishers cast nets in Kandal province, on January 17, 2019 (Fisheries Administration)

EU Funds GPS Tracking of Cambodian Fishers

Agriculture Minister Veng Sokhon said every fishing boat in the country will be tracked with E.U.-funded GPS beacons by 2023 in order to crack down on illegal fishing.