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Assessment of Community Fish Refuge Management Practice in the Siem Reap Province of Cambodia

Department of Laboratory, CAMCONTROL, Ministry of Commerce, Phnom Penh 12355, Cambodia
Department of Agriculture Cooperative Promotion Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Phnom Penh 12150, Cambodia
Department of Community Sustainability, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48823, USA
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Environments 2019, 6(1), 1;
Received: 17 September 2018 / Revised: 13 December 2018 / Accepted: 16 December 2018 / Published: 20 December 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Agricultural Ecosystem Services)
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The Community Fish Refuge (CFR) is a fish conservation measure that is intended to improve the productivity of rice field fisheries and provide safe refuges for fish during the dry season. Cambodia’s Fisheries Administration aims to develop one well-working CFR in every 1200 communes by 2019. This study assesses the current situation of the rice field fisheries in the Srey Snam district, Siem Reap province, examines community members’ awareness of fish refuge management; and examines the socioeconomic impacts of the CFR among its beneficiaries. Data collected by interviewing 120 households reveal that 85 percent of respondents pursued rice field fishery as part-time work, catching on average 5.2 kg of fish daily during the ten-month harvest period. Most fish products were used for home consumption. Total household saving and income from fish production significantly increased after community members joined CFRs. Respondents’ expenditures, savings and assets also increased after CFR intervention, indicating improvements in livelihood. Illegal fishing and budgetary constraint to implementing CFR interventions are the pressing problems facing the users. The paper ends by outlining measures that could help strengthen and sustain CFRs. View Full-Text
Keywords: community ponds; fisheries; community fish refuge; impact; Cambodia community ponds; fisheries; community fish refuge; impact; Cambodia

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Phala, C.; Sarin, T.; Suvedi, M.; Ghimire, R. Assessment of Community Fish Refuge Management Practice in the Siem Reap Province of Cambodia. Environments 2019, 6, 1.

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