It was an honor to be asked to give a presentation on MCC's work with regards to the support of the community fisheries of Koh Rong Samloem and the last 4 years supporting and preparing for the creation of the Fisheries Administrations first Marine Fisheries Management Area in Cambodia. The presentation was given by Kristen Fountain our Marine Tech at the Marine Fisheries Management Area Inception Workshop. The conference was the first stage in the process of creating a marine fisheries management area around the islands of Koh Rong and Koh Rong Samloem.
Held by The Cambodian Fisheries Administration in Phnom Penh many stakeholders were asked to join and to discuss the project and share existing information. Our presentation covered the work we have done surveying the health and bio-diversity of the marine habitats around Koh Rong Samloem, Kristen also talked about other activities that have helped the community fishing zone around the village, these have included training of community run patrols, the installation of recreational mooring buoys and the deployment of anti-trawling devices. All these achievements that were presented at the inception workshop were only achievable thanks to the help and hard work of our previous volunteers. This was a wonderful chance for us to showcase the successes we have achieved over the past 4 years and share ideas with all those who will be involved in this ongoing process.
We look forward to seeing the MFMA up and running and the resulting benefits to both the communities and the marine environment around the islands.