Cambodia’s Historically Abundant Freshwater Fisheries are Disappearing

Defeat Diabetes Foundation travels to Cambodia to speak with local fishermen about the declining fish population and its effect on their health.

An ecological and social disaster is taking place on, under and around the Mekong River and Tonle Sap Lake in Cambodia. Disappearing fisheries are leading to a dangerous departure from the traditional Cambodian diet of fish and rice.

Upwards of 80% of Cambodians have traditionally depended on freshwater fisheries for their diets and livelihoods. As a result of Cambodia’s declining fisheries, major health and economic consequences are beginning to penetrate Cambodian society, including a rapid rise in type 2 diabetes incidence.

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