Andy, I cannot speak directly about Cambodia, but my guess that the Philippines would not be all that far off regarding the laws and customs. In the end, the laws are not your problem. Fishermen are usually a very territorial sort and don't take kindly to someone, especially a foreigner fishing in "their" waters even if those waters are 50 miles out to sea. I'm not talking about some guy with a rod and reel, I'm talking commercial enterprises using nets or longlines. You may be able to get around the laws with a good lawyer and local partners, but the moment you enter someone else's fishing grounds expect a fight and it won't be a pretty one. They even fight amongst themselves over fishing grounds so you can imagine the chance a foreigner has. On Cebu, I had some success hiring local men who did not have their own boat and a guy to be Captain to do the actual fishing. I never went with them so as not to make it too obvious, although everyone knew who owned my boats. This worked for a while until I discovered the Captain and crew were off loading a good bit of the catch onto "friends" boats leaving me with consistent poor catches. I pulled the plug on the whole operation once I figured out their scam.
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Posted 22 February 2017 - 03:06 PM
I pulled the plug on the whole operation once I figured out their scam.
I find that people only live and think for one day here. How did you work out the business. Did you make incentives for the catch they bought in? In some ways maybe you where lucky to get your boats back!!!
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