In Cambodia, the fish resource is essential for the food security of the country; it is the predominant source of animal protein and 54% of households consume fish daily.
Cambodian aquaculture, estimated at 205,000 tons in 2017, is mainly provided by inland aquaculture. It generates 80,000 full-time jobs with an added fishing value estimated at 399 million euros, or 2.4% of national GDP, 9.2% of agricultural GDP and 41.2% of the capture fisheries GDP. However, Cambodian aquaculture faces many economic, environmental, health and societal challenges. Via an innovative multidisciplinary approach, the AquaCAM project proposes to assess the sustainability of existing aquaculture production systems in Cambodia in relation to the four challenges mentioned above in order to allow the development of reliable and sustainable aquaculture. This project, which should benefit Cambodian actors and institutions, also includes a methodological and scientific training component for local partners and constitutes a major opportunity for the deployment of French research in aquaculture in Southeast Asia.
The AquaCAM project, contributes to the strengthening of public policies for the development of sustainable aquaculture in Cambodia thanks to methodological tools adapted and made available to the main actors of the sector.
The following three research activities are developed to carry out the AquaCAM project: