Cambodian officials arrest 16 Vietnamese fishermen

The men were accused of illegally trawling in shallow waters.

Cambodian Kampot province fishery officials and marine police arrested 16 Vietnamese nationals accused of driving three fishing trawlers into shallow Cambodian waters in the early hours of March 20, reports The Cambodia Daily.

“We have confiscated three trawler boats and arrested 16 Vietnamese people who come only when there are storms,” said Sao Sorin, fisheries director of Kampot.

Trawling in shallow waters or using electrified nets are crimes that can carry prison time.

“We have to look into whether those Vietnamese people committed a crime under Cambodian law before we take action,” Sorin said.

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