About 15 km from where the thung chai were floating last week is the island of Koh Tang, and the Koh Tang Naval Base. On the mainland, some 40 km away, is the Navy headquarters.None of this inspires concern among the fishermen.
“We moor half the time at Koh Rong Sanloem and half at Koh Tang,” Mr. Truong said. “It’s as if we are living in Vietnamese territory.”
In open seas off the coast of Sihanoukville, Vietnamese fishermen floating in cane baskets are the bottom rung of a lucrative squid-fishing racket that extends to the highest echelons of the Cambodian navy.
Cambodia Daily | 21 May 2015
they moor off Koh Tang and Koh Rong Sanloem, hundreds of thung chai operate each day, it is an all-Vietnamese operation, and the Cambodian Navy is complicit....