Whale shark death lamented in Cambodia
February 13, 2017 — The conservation impact of illegal fishing has again made news in Cambodia. The Cambodia Daily carried a photo of a grinning fisherman astride an endangered whale shark before its fins were cut off and it was returned to the water. The article quotes Paul Ferber, head of ICFC’s project partner Marine Conservation Cambodia, who points out that this is what illegal trawlers are doing in the Cambodian ocean, along with destroying habitats and catching endangered turtles. An investigation is ongoing. The story and photos caused a stir in social media. Whale sharks are the world’s largest shark and can grow to 12 meters in length and 11 tons.
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