Our ongoing marine biodiversity surveys in Kep and Kampot have shown seagrass regrowth in previously destroyed areas. The 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.
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.
We've trained hundreds of Cambodian primary school, secondary school and University students on seagrass, marine mammal, and many more areas.
Marine Conservation Cambodia
The Cambodian Marine Mammal Project
The project aims at collecting data on behaviour abundance, distribution and residency of marine mammals in Cambodia… (read more)
The Seahorse Project
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 Seagrass Conservation Project
The project aims at conserving and expanding Cambodia’s seagrass meadows, as they are one of the most productive ecosystems… (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
Marine Restoration and
Marine Resource Management
Habitat Restoration Structures
We are not just restoring biodiversity by creating artificial reefs, but we are also helping the small-scale fishing communities who fish in a sustainable way… (read more)
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.
Marine Conservation Cambodia
Education And Outreach Projects
Regular beach cleanups are only one part of it. We also try to change the way people treat plastics and waste… (read more)
Our outreach project works with all stages and levels of schools from Kep to Phnom Penh and other countries… (read more)