Coral Reef Conservation on Koh Rong Island, Cambodia

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Beach, Prek Svay, Koh Rong, Cambodia 3

Last winter, I took part in a conservation project with Coral Cay Conservation, a UK based NGO, surveying the reefs around Koh Rong island in Cambodia. The base was in the village of Prek Svay where people make their living from fishing like the rest of the estimated population of 1,100. The island lies 25 km off the mainland and is supplied by boats loaded with provisions including factory-made blocks of ice for refrigeration, that come daily from the mainland port of Sihanoukville, a fast-growing tourist beach town.

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Coral Cay Conservation (CCC) were invited by the Fisheries Administration (FiA) of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) to conduct detailed baseline marine assessments of the coastal resources around Koh Rong and Koh Rong Samloem Islands. This project, known as the Cambodia Reef Conservation Project, carried out survey dives along the fringing reefs of the islands between 2010 and 2014…

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