Cambodia, Laos Strengthen Cooperation on Fisheries Management

Officials from the National Mekong Committees and fisheries authorities of Cambodia and Laos will strengthen their cross-border cooperation to manage fisheries in the provinces along the common border.

The determination was made during a recent joint visit to the Mekong and Sekong Rivers which link Cambodian provinces of Stung Treng and Kratie to the Lao provinces of Champasak and Attapeu, said a press release of National Mekong Committee Secretariat issued on Jan. 23.

"We share the same issues and concerns for fisheries management being threatened by human activities and infrastructure development," said H.E. Watt Botkosal, Deputy Secretary General of Cambodia National Mekong Committee.

Fisheries management project is one of the five bilateral projects funded by World Bank and technically supported by Mekong River Commission (MRC).

Through the project, main issues have been identified including unsustainable fisheries, lack of implementation of fishieries law and loss of fish habitat.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press