A fisher’s wise words: ‘If we protect the fish, we are protecting ourselves’

Tarah Doheny -

Pengly, a small-scale fisher from Khe village in northern Cambodia.
Pengly, a small-scale fisher from Khe village in northern Cambodia.

Cambodia’s fisheries—some of the most diverse and expansive freshwater fisheries in the world—are under pressure from both population growth and rising demand for fish. As the need to protect these vital fisheries grows stronger, I meet one small-scale fisher who’s working to conserve fish stocks and combat illegal fishing in his rural village.