Our ongoing marine biodiversity surveys in Kep and Kampot have shown seagrass regrowth in previously destroyed areas.
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.
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.
We've trained hundreds of Cambodian primary school, secondary school and University students on seagrass, marine mammal, and many more areas.
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
The project aims at collecting data on the abundance, distribution and residency of marine mammals… (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:
- 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). 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!