Out of all exported fisheries products, eel is the main export product in earning foreign money, as the eels can be caught year round. Eel exports are increasing in the China and Thailand markets, depending on the price.
“The supply of eel will rise from 22 July until the end of July in Pyapon Township. There are 15 eel purchase depots in Pyapon,” said U Aung Kyaw Moe from the Aung Gabar eel purchase depot at 13th street in Pyapon Township. “The price of eel fish will fall down to Ks4,000 per viss when the eel supply increases. If the eel supply declines, the price of eels will increase up to Ks10,000 per viss. Today, the current price of the eels is Ks5,000 per viss”.
About 20,000 viss of eels are sold to Hlinethaya and Insein fish purchase depots when the supply of eels is on the rise, whereas only the eels of big size are exported, it is learnt from the Fishery Department and the Eel Association. Currently, the China market is the main buyer of Myanmar’s eels, with Thailand in second place. Eels are most commonly caught in Bago and Ayeyawady regions and Rakhine State, Shwebo and Yay Oo Townships in Sagaing Region.
Aung Win (Pyapon)