Fishery Crimes in Russey Keo: Fishery Officials Go to Collect Money from Boats Every Day without Caring whether It Is Spawning Season for the Fish or Not – Monday, 3.8.2009

Posted on 4 August 2009. Filed under: Week 624 |

The Mirror, Vol. 13, No. 624

“Phnom Penh: Anarchic irregularities in the realm of fishery happen every day, both during the season while the water is rising, and in the spawning season when all fishing is banned by law in all regions. Practically, in Russey Keo, Phnom Penh, many crimes against the fishery legislation are occurring along the Tonle Sap River without any intervention, like against many places that raise pike fish [a predatory fish that is forbidden to be raised in rivers, as it attacks and eats smaller fish], and it is reported that fishery officials are corrupt.

“Police and a group of fishery officials come to collect money from most of the Cham [Khmer Muslim] fishermen in Chrang Chamreh commune [Phnom Penh] every day, taking Riel 10,000 [US$2.50] from each boat without caring whether it is the season of receding water or the season of rising flood water for the fish to spawn. They just come to collect money from the boats owned by Khmer, Cham, Chinese, and Yuon [Vietnamese] fishermen.

“According to the same source, there are about 400 fishing boats in Russey Keo, and if one includes those in Prek Phnov, there might be as much as 1,000 boats.

“Thus, every day fishery officials can earn millions of Riels, and this does not yet include the bribes they get from the Vietnamese people who raise fresh pike fish at many places.

“Regarding the crime of raising fresh pike fish, it is reported that there are many places where fish creels are used, mostly owned by Vietnamese people, they are put into the river and covered with bamboo rafts, and their houses are built on top of the rafts.

“The same source added that most houses on the Tonle Sap Lake have fish creels stored on their roofs which belong to Vietnamese people or, as they are called, Yuons.

“And the water of the rivers in Cambodia become muddy because forestry officials ignore their tasks and let Vietnamese people do things as they want, after receiving bribes.

“There are many other big affairs about which Kampuchea Thmey had received information, and then informed officials of the Chaktomuk Fishery Office, so that they take action on them, but they got very angry with the Kampuchea Thmey agents and told them that next time, if they want to inform them about any fishery crimes, they have to first submit forms, so that they can prepare plans and personnel. If they are told to do anything immediately, they have no personnel.” Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.8, #2012, 2-3.8.2009

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Monday, 3 August 2009

Deum Ampil, Vol.3, #252, 3.8.2009

  • Cambodia Will Send a Letter of Condolence Today at the Occasion of the Death of the Former First Woman President of the Philippine [Phnom Penh]
  • The Sam Rainsy Party Prepares to Collect Donated Money from Supporters to Pay Samdech Dekchor [Hun Sen], if Mu Sochua Loses Her Court Case [according to the Sam Rainsy Party spokesperson, Mr. Yim Sovann]
  • The President of the Philippines [Gloria Macapagal Arroyo] Calls for the Release of Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi [the Burmese elected democracy leader]

Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.8, #2012, 2-3.8.2009

  • Fishery Crimes in Russey Keo: Fishery Officials Go to Collect Money from Boats Every Day without Caring whether It Is Spawning Season for the Fish or Not

Koh Santepheap, Vol.42, #6718, 3.8.2009

  • Siam [Thailand] Opposes the Construction of a Market [at the Preah Vihear Temple to replace the previous one destroyed by fire]; Siam [Thailand] Complained that Cambodia Violates the Memorandum of Understanding [of 2000], but Cambodia Responded that the Market in the Prasat Village Had Been Created before that Memorandum of Understanding
  • During the First Day Campaign Enforcing the Traffic Law, 3,438 Drivers Were Fined and Instructed [for not wearing helmets, not having fixed rear-view mirrors, and not having number plates – Phnom Penh]

Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.17, #4962, 2-3.8.2009

  • The People&apss Power Heroine Corazon Aquino Died [she was the former president of the Philippines who had overthrown the dictator Ferdinand Marcos and restored democracy in the Philippines]
  • Robbers Robbed Jewelry Sellers in Siem Reap Taking Away 600 Chi Gold [approx. US$69,000], Riel 44 Million [approx. US$11,000], and US$9,000
  • Australia Sends Stock Exchange Experts [to assist Cambodia]

Sereypheap Thmey, Vol.17, #1763, 3.8.2009

  • Samlot People Warn that if the Government Seizes their Land, They Will Struggle to Death

Samleng Yuvachun Khmer, Vol.16, #3491, 2.8.2009

  • [About 100] Tunlob Market Vendors in Takeo Gathered at the Residence of the Prime Minister in Takhmao [to protest against the owner of the market who requires them to buy stalls which are expensive, after the market had been rebuilt]

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