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Another Sunset in Tonlé Sap, Cambodia

Another Sunset Photo in Tonlé Sap, Cambodia

Sunset in Tonlé Sap, Cambodia.  Beautiful Tonlé SAP, Cambodia.  Huge lake that is seasonally inundated with fresh water.  This lake is connected to the river of the same name connecting it to the Mekong.

Locals living there are mostly living from the fisheries as well as from the growing tourism industry .

Here is a quote from a Wikipedia article about the lake:

The most productive part of the Cambodian fisheries has been privatized for more than a century through a system of government leases on fishing lots.  The rest is open-access.  In the recent past, the lot system provided over US$2 million annually in tax revenues and more in an informal way.  The open-access fisheries, however, do not contribute to public taxes.[27]

When the Tonlé sap floods, the surrounding areas become a prime breeding ground for fish. During this time, fishermen are scarce; fishing during this time is actually illegal, so as to prevent disruption of mating. At the end of the rainy season, when the water levels go down, fishing is allowed again. Fishermen install floating houses along one half of the river, and the other half is left open for navigation.

Most of the fishing captains are of Vietnamese origin, and they primarily supply the country’s markets. Fisherman Sakaloy explains, “My parents were fishermen. We have lived in Cambodia and have this activity for a long time. We started well before the Pol Pot era, when the Khmer Rouge took over from 1975 to 1979. We had to flee to Vietnam, [but] afterwards we came back and have been fishing on the Tonlé sap ever since.” However, thousands of peasants follow this lifestyle hoping for an incredible catch, making it difficult to find spaces big enough to settle with all of the village carts.[28]

 

Shot with the A7rII.


ISO: 100 | Aperture: f/11 | Exposure: 15sec | Focal length: 14mm

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