Our Projects

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
Outreach and education
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Our ongoing marine biodiversity surveys in Kep and Kampot have shown seagrass regrowth in previously destroyed areas.

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We deployed 200+ anti-trawling structures in the last 4 years, protecting 5000+ hectares of habitats from destructive fishing activities, and allowing bivalves and seagrass to regrow in previously destroyed areas.

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We conducted 500+ marine mammal surveys in the last 4 years, identifying 30+ Irrawaddy dolphins and dugongs, and attaining the Important Marine Mammal Area status.

Outreach and education
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We've trained hundreds of Cambodian primary school, secondary school and University students on seagrass, marine mammal, and many more areas.

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Setting up Kep’s first Marine Fisheries Managment Area (MFMA)in April 2018 is one of MCC’s biggest milestones. We can now use it as a springboard for furthering current projects and creating new ones.

You may also find our past publications in the MCC Research Archive.

Marine Life Monitoring Projects

Our first confirmed dugong sighting in Kep, Cambodia during an aerial survey
The Cambodian Marine Mammal Conservation Project (CMMCP)

The project aims at collecting data on the abundance, distribution and residency of marine mammals… (read more)

finding a seahorse during an underwater survey
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)

Our volunteer noting down the parameters on a slate
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:

Conservation Area
  • 112 hectares
  • Shelter for animals and plants
  • Pre-approved scientific research only
Fisheries Refugia
  • 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 Resources Management

MCC is the organization that invented these anti-trawling structures
Shellfish Reef Restoration

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). While we carry on with many of the scientific monitoring and research, we also try to educate the public and raise awareness. We pretty much do it all!

Education And Outreach

Era is an islamic Cambodian who came and helped us clean the beach
Ocean Plastics

Regular beach cleanups are only one part of it. We also try to change the way people treat plastics and waste… (read more)

Cambodian young girls showing their octopus drawings at the end of our outreach session
Outreach Project

Our outreach project works with all stages and levels of schools from Kep to Phnom Penh and other countries… (read more)