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Issue No:85
  • :0976 1121
  • :May
  • :2021

Samudra Report No.85, May 2021


Cambodia / Community Fisheries

Complex History, Hopeful Future

The Community Fisheries organizations in Cambodia form a vital framework for collective, rights-based fisheries management that persists and thrives in inland and coastal settings to this day

This article is by Sour Kim (, Senior Research Co-ordinator, Fauna & Flora International, Cambodia; Dan Steadman (, Fisheries & Biodiversity Technical Specialist, Fauna & Flora International, United Kingdom; and Henry Duffy (, Marine Technical Specialist Asia-Pacific, Fauna & Flora International, United Kingdom

Flanked by two of the world’s largest marine fishing nations—Thailand to the west and Vietnam to the southeast—Cambodia’s relatively modest 435-km coastline has not historically been renowned for marine fisheries. However, despite the long-standing dominance of freshwater fisheries across the Cambodian portion of the Mekong River system, marine fisheries have grown considerably, their production increasing from 75,000 tonnes in 2009 to over 212,000 tonnes in 2018, a 180 percent growth in a decade.

This emerging sector reveals a fascinating picture of the social, ecological and political challenges faced by a rapidly...

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