As fish disappear from rivers and lakes, fishers struggle with livelihoods

Nhem Sophal gets up shortly after midnight every night to fish the Tonle Sap lake, trying to support his family.

It is a desperate measure amid what he says is the worst scarcity of fish that locals in Chhnok Trou commune, in Kampong Chhnang province’s Boribor district, have experienced.

“It is miserable, but things are not good enough for the river people,” Sophal says about fishing through the night. “I need to go down to the water no matter how cold it may be.”

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