Mobile On-site Training (MOT) on Practical Approach to Co-management in Marine and Inland Fisheries of Cambodia

Date: 28 July -1 August 2014
Venue: Siem Reap, Cambodia

1. To introduce the knowledge and experience on practical approach to rights-based fisheries management to fisheries officer from 8 inland fisheries provinces of Cambodia,

2. To strengthen practical in competence in planning and implementing the applicable inland fishery management plans.

3. To train community fishers by local Cambodian trainers with technical assistance from SEAFDEC on organization of the community based management with knowledge of rights-based fisheries management

4. Gathering of the fishery data and information and understanding the indicators of fishery status, (fish catch, fish price, fishing effort), and socio-economic information)

5. To introduce the communities fisheries legal framework such Royal Decree, sub decree and guideline to implementation for communities fisheries

6. To take a consultation with community fishers and local fishery officers on the improvement of sub decree on community fishery management


Firstly, staff of FiA presented on the importance role of resource management, rights-based and community based co-management, MCS, Improving management of financial and economic activities including the fishery law of Cambodia. After that, the participant were divided into 8 groups, based on Province, to have a discussion on how to sustain Community Based Fisheries Management (CBFM). Each group have to discuss on 3 main session, namely; Session 1: How to sustain Community based Fisheries management and make a CFi plan of action in each province, Session 2: Support system by local government, Session 3: Operation of Resource Management (especially Monitoring daily catch).

In addition, SEAFDEC selected Chong Khneas Community Fisheries (CKCF) in Siem Reap Province for the next step of MOT. Then, SEAFDEC’s team and FiA’s staffs visited CKCF which aim to study on how to manage fisheries resources by community. CKCF is a floating village in Tonle Sap, compose of 7 villages and 1,238 households, 70% is fisheries, and 30% is small business and labor, and only 6  villages involved in fisheries management. The main fishing gear is fish gill net. CKCF has formed community fisheries group in 2000, which FAO supported the training course on Fisheries resources management, and encourage community to formulate local regulation for protect fisheries resources. Committee of CKCF has 11 members (included 3 women). CKCF have police and collaborate with agencies to protect the conservation area. The members of CKCF are actively participate in fisheries management. The activities of CKCF are 1) Monthly meeting for discussion on problem and progress the result of their activity, 2) Monitoring two conservation area. CKCF have two activities for future plan in 2015. The first plan is excavate the canal for patrol boat to monitor and protect conservation area. The second plan is reforestation along the conservation area.