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February 26, 2018

Fisheries research plans to commence this November

FISHERIES research will be conducted in Myanmar’s territorial waters in November and December of this year, said U Tun Win Myint, the head of the Yangon Region Fisheries Department.
With the assistance of a Norwegian research vessel, the scheme is likely to be commenced after the wet season in order to compile statistics of endangered fish species and to help reverse decreasing fish resources.
A similar survey was made in 2013 November along the
Ayeyawady, Rakhine and Taninthayi coastal areas with the help of the Norwegian government.
The study finds fish resources have declined 43 per cent, including 33 per cent of deep-sea fishes and 10 per cent of fish living below surface water, compared to past surveys made in 1979-1980.
During last year’s open fishing season, the country extracted 2.8 million tonnes of sea fish.
The number exceeded the past maximum figures of fish production.  The authorities allowed over 600 fishing vessels to operate in the closed season last year. Only 40 per cent of fishing vessel applications have been granted this year. The government has designated a closed season (between June and August) since 1993 to protect the country’s fisheries resources from extinction.
According to suggestions made by the Food and
Agriculture Organization, based on research conducted between 1979 and 2015, Myanmar should catch at most 100,000 tonnes of sea fish per year. — Zar Zar


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