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.
We deployed 250+ Habitat Restoration Structures in the last 4 years, protecting Kep's MFMA and its sensitive habitats from destructive fishing activities, Restoring the natural filters and seagrass habitats in previously destroyed areas. Recently we began work deploying these dstructures in Kampot at the request of local fishing communties.
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 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.
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.
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 .
Marine Conservation Cambodia
The project aims at collecting data on behaviour abundance, distribution and residency of marine mammals in Cambodia… (read more)
The love for seahorses is a big reason we are here today. Currently, we have identified 6 species in our study areas… (read more)
The MFMA needs to preserve the livelihoods of the local fishing communities, while protecting the highly sensitive ecosystems at the same time. To achieve this, the MFMA comprises of four different zones: Marine Conservation Cambodia’s marine research projects have been monitoring the MFMA area since 2014, 4 years before its creation in 2018.
- 112 hectares
- Shelter for animals and plants
- Pre-approved scientific research only
- 420 hectares
- Nursery and foraging grounds for specific species
- Sustainable fishing is allowed outside of spawning and mating seasons
Fisheries Protected Area
- 10040 hectares
- Ecotourism, family-scale and sustainable recreational fishing are allowed
Recreational and Research Area
- 405 hectares
- Recreational and research activities only
- No fishing activities
Setting up the MFMA required a lot of initial research such as island environmental assessments and zoning plans (see our research archive here). To support our scientific monitoring and research projects, we also try to educate the public and raise awareness. Marine Conservation Cambodia’s marine monitoring projects have allowed us not only to give the initial recommendations for the creation of the MFMA, but also allowed us to monitor it in real time to offer adaptive management solutions and provide informative outreach and education programs.