As the sea warms, struggling Cambodian fishermen seek to preserve crab stocks

For Ung Bun, a 39-year-old fisherman from Cambodia’s southern Kep province, the days when he would come home with plentiful catches of flower crabs appear to be long gone.

Pulling in his net one recent morning, he found just one crustacean. Ung Bun dropped the crab – a male that was too small – back into the sea.

“I feel despair that I cannot harvest even one crab after a day, when about five years ago, I would have caught about 10-20 kg (22-44 pounds) of crabs. Yesterday morning I caught about four to five crabs,” he said.

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