Our Mission Since 2008

To Protect, Conserve and Restore Cambodia’s Marine Environment.

Marine Conservation Cambodia, Marine Protected Area and Habitat Restoration

MCC’s Marine Conservation, Marine Research and Marine Restoration projects are fully supported by the Royal Government of Cambodia. We work in close collaboration with the Ministry of Forestry Fisheries and Agriculture, Local Universities and Local Communities.

With a strong focus on Marine Science to support the conservation and restoration efforts. Our Cambodian Marine Researchers and Conservationists work tirelessly on protecting and monitoring Cambodia’s Marine Ecosystems.

Our results speak for themselves and show the success of our projects. Cambodia’s Rare and Endangered Marine species such as Turtles, Dolphins, Dugongs and Seahorses now repopulating and flourishing within Keps MFMA. 

Mapping and monitoring of the local Benthic habitats such as Seagrass, has shown regrowth and expansion of Keps Seagrass beds. This is another clear sign that our Conservation and restoration efforts are working. 

Our Cambodian Marine Conservation Teams. Together with our Volunteers and Interns are constantly out on the water. Not only collecting important scientific data but also keeping a watchful eye out for poachers and illegal fishers.

Our Community Outreach projects work on promoting responsible and sustainable fishing practices. Educating local communities on endangered species and habitat protections. 

Whilst our Community livelihood programs are focused on improving local Livelihoods and exploring and providing alternative livelihood solutions.

Marine Conservation Cambodia also offers Volunteering and Internships Programs in all these fields. So that you can help us make a real difference.

Kep Marine Fisheries Management Area

Kep Marine Protected Area, MFMA
Marine Conservation Cambodia

In 2013 Mcc was requested to begin work on Cambodia’s Second Marine Fisheries Management Area. This was following the work that MCC had undertaken between 2008 -2013. Assisting in the creation of Cambodia’s first MFMA. Surrounding the Islands of Koh Rong and Koh Rong Samloem in Sihanoukville Province.

Kep MFMA took 5 years of hard work to create. Our dedicated team conducted extensive marine surveys, mapping the habitats whilst working closely with local fishing communities and the Conservation Department of the National Fisheries Administration

In 2016 MCC won the National Geographic Marine Innovation prize for its design of anti trawling artificial habitat structures. These structures have been integral to reducing illegal and destructive fishing and restoring the area.

In 2018 Kep MFMA was officially created with a Proclamation from the Ministry of Forestry, Fisheries and Agriculture. Covering approximately 12,000 Hectares. Kep MFMA contains many critical habitats such as Seagrass, Coral Reefs and Bivalve Beds.

MCC’s dedicated Khmer Team and has been actively protecting and restoring the area since its creation. With over 2000 hectares of Seagrass Regrowth. The return of Dugongs and Dolphins and the increased catches and livelihoods of local fishermen.

Kep MFMA was chosen by Sylvia Earl as a Mission Blue Hope Spot.The results and success of this area is a testament to the passion and pro-activity of MCC’s core team and all the volunteers and interns that have helped along the way.

Our Community Outreach projects work on promoting responsible and sustainable fishing practices and educating local communities on endangered species and habitat protections. 

Cambodian Marine Mammal Conservation Project

Cambodian Marine Mammal Conservation Project.

In 2016, Marine Conservation Cambodia launched the
Cambodian Marine Mammal Conservation Project (CMMCP), the first long-term marine mammal conservation & research program in Cambodia. The CMMCP initially supported the conservation of Kep’s population of Irrawaddy dolphins by constant patrols/surveys and through collecting baseline data. This was then used to create marine mammal conservation management strategies within the Kep region.

The results and success of the initial project in Kep has led to MCC extending its Marine Mammal Conservation Project to Kampot Province working with the Local Communities and Local Fisheries Administration. Our Team now collects data on both the Indo Pacific and Irrawaddy Dolphins in Kampot waters. MCC works with Local Communities to address the current and future threats to the dolphin and dugong populations, supporting patrols and interventions to stop By-catch.

MCC has maintained a Marine Mammal stranding Network in Kep and Kampot for many years, with local communities contacting MCC’s team to attend any Marine Mammal standing to collect data to pass to the Local and National Fisheries Authorities.

MCC’s work on Marine Mammal research and conservation led to the area becoming an Important Marine Mammal Area by the Marine Mammal Protected Areas Task Force.

Our Community Outreach projects work on promoting responsible and sustainable fishing practices and educating local communities on endangered species and habitat protections. 

Marine Habitat & Seagrass Restoration

After the establishment of Kep’s first Marine Fisheries Management Area (MFMA) in 2018,

We officially started the deployment of our Conservation and Anti-Trawling Structures originally known as (CANTS), and recently renamed as Fisheries Production Structures.

The Conservation structures are multifaceted, Designed to allow free flow of water movement, whilst giving the largest possible surface area to encourage the growth of filter feeders, These structures very quickly begin to work as underwater filters, whilst providing homes, habitat and safety in areas stripped of life by Bottom trawling. They provide a passive barrier to eliminate trawling within Marine Protected areas and around critical habitats

The structures are low cost, simple in design and can be built by local communities. MCC has deployed 300+ structures throughout Kep MFMA and this has led to large scale seagrass recovery and a huge reduction in illegal and destructive fishing practices in the area.

Due to the success of bringing back the Marine Biodiversity and increasing local catches. Local communities in Kep and Kampot began requesting MCC to Deploy Structures within their communities fisheries areas. The communities follow the simple design and make the blocks, then our team assists in deploying them as structures underwater. we have currently deployed around 80 structures for local communities

MCC has now been contracted by the Ministry of Forestry Fisheries and Agriculture under the (ADB)(SCMF) Sustainable Coastal Marine Fisheries Project. To deploy 5000 structures along the entire coast of Cambodia, focusing on the protect and restoration of Cambodia’s inshore waters.

Our Community Outreach projects work on promoting responsible and sustainable fishing practices and educating local communities on endangered species and habitat protections. 

Marine Conservation Cambodia

Marine Research, Volunteer, Internship
Marine Research

MCC’s Marine Science Team works closely with Local and International Universities assisting the next generation of Cambodian Marine Scientists. We offer free internship programs for Cambodian University Students…

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Marine Habitat Restoration
Habitat Restoration

Our Habitat Restoration project has been so successful. It is now Under contract with the Ministry of Forestry Fisheries and Agriculture. It is now being up-scaled along the entire inshore waters of Cambodia,

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Alternative Livelihoods
Alternative Livelihoods

Marine Conservation Cambodia is actively working on providing alternative livelihood solutions for local communities. It is essential that alternatives to Illegal and destructive fishing are found. 

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Volunteering and Internships.

Encountering a dense patch of seagrass during an underwater survey
MCC is the organization that invented these anti-trawling structures
Our team doing a dolphin survey at the treehouse with binoculars
Cambodian young girls showing their octopus drawings at the end of our outreach session
Cambodian young girls showing their octopus drawings at the end of our outreach session
Seagrass Project
Seagrass Research and

Our ongoing marine biodiversity surveys in Kep and Kampot have shown seagrass regrowth in previously destroyed areas. The Habitat Restoration Structures are working with an estimated Recovery of over 2500 hectares of Seagrass regrowth!!! over the past 4 years.

Marine Restoration Structures
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After deploying 350+ Habitat Restoration Structures in the last 5 years, protecting Kep's MFMA and the Kampot fisheries Community's areas from destructive fishing activities. The results speak for themselves, more than 2000 hectares of Seagrass regrowth, and the return of Large Mega Fauna such as Dugongs and Dolphins. We have been contracted By the Ministry Of Forestry, Fisheries and Agriculture, Funded by ADB to upscale the program to deploy 5000 structures along the Cambodia inshore area covering Kep, Kampot, Kampong Som and Koh Kong.

MCC-Cambodia Marine Mammal Project
Cambodian Marine Mammal Project

Our Cambodian Marine Mammal Team has been continuously on the water over the past few years and they are witnessing an increase in the number of sightings of Irrawaddy dolphins in Kep, Indopacific Humpack Dolphins in Kampot and now with many recent sightings of the elusive dugong,, we know the Block Structures are clearly working within the MFMA providing a haven for Endangered Marine Mammals.

Oyster Project and Alterntive Livelihoods
Mari-culture and Alternative Livelihoods

Marine Conservation Cambodia, Focuses on Alternative Livelihoods, with our Kampot Oyster project and upcoming Sea-grape projects, we are looking at ways for local communities to benefit from the Sea whilst removing the fishing pressure that is negatively effecting it.

Outreach and education
Outreach, Advocacy and Education

Marine Conservation Cambodia, Focuses on Education, Advocacy and Outreach.
With focuses on Cambodian University students entering the fields of Marine Conservation, Local Schools learning about the Marine Environment and Local Fishers learning more about their Impacts .

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Media Articles on MCC

Cambodian Fisheries Administration
Ministry Forestry Fisheries and Agriculture
Kep Provincial Government