Fishermen drowning under threats to livelihood

(Nicholas Dynan)
Nicholas Dynan (Tufts University), Global Post
Published January 21, 2010

Cambodians hold their breath against dam waters, China, overfishing

CHONG KHNEAS, Cambodia — The crowd waits on the muddy banks of the lake in a throng of motorbikes, trucks, bicycles and people. When the colorful fishing boats slide onto shore, the fish buyers clamber onto the decks of the boast and scramble to unpack the fish within the hulls.

The importance of the Tonle Sap Lake in the Mekong Basin cannot be overstated. It provides a major source of protein for Cambodians, including the more than 1 million people who live around the lake.

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