Cambodian Villagers Lose Fishing Jobs as Company Blocks Access to the Sea

Thousands of villagers in southern Cambodia’s Kampot province are being forced from their homes by work on a nearby seaport which has filled in long stretches of seashore, barring them from traditional fishing areas, sources in the country say.

No longer able to fish, many former residents of the Teuk Chhou district’s Prek Thnoat commune have now left to find work elsewhere, one villager told RFA’s Khmer Service on Wednesday, speaking on condition of anonymity.

“Before the Try Pheap Group took over this area, my family was able to make between 30,000 riel [U.S. $7] to 100,000 riel [$25] from fishing every day, but now thousands of fishing families have lost their jobs because the seashore has been completely filled in,” he said.

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