Thoeung Theng and his wife have made a living from the fish and plants of the Tompun Lake in southern Phnom Penh for more than a decade. But after people started advising him earlier this year to leave the lake as soon as he can, Theng is considering what he can do outside the localized lake economy to support his family.
“Look! The lake is filled and now I can only see condos and big buildings. I won’t be able to fish anymore,” Theng said, as he examined a recent catch.
The handful of fish in his bucket was a much smaller haul than what he could catch before, and he only expected conditions on the lake to get worse.