Over 600 eel larvae, which were hatched naturally in 2019, will be conserved as Myanmar eel, according to the Myanmar Fisheries Federation.
From October, 2017 to May, 2018, 100 pairs of eels were hatched on an experimental basis at the MFF head office, but the reproductive organs of the eels were found to be damaged and only two eels could be produced. “The eels were hatched only at the research level. Last year, a few eels were produced, but all died of fungal disease. This year, we did not have to administer any injections as the eels reproduced naturally. Over 600 natural eel larvae have been produced and we have given some to Yangon University, which is also conducting research on eels,” said Dr Toe Nanda Tin, the vice chairperson of the Myanmar Fisheries Federation.
In 2017, MFF officials had gone on a study tour to Viet Nam, where eel cultivation has been successful, in order to conduct experimental eel farming, she said. “Although we have already conducted experimental farming with eels imported from Viet Nam, it prefers to conduct business only through government-to-government cooperation,” she added.
“Research could not be finished within a year. Last year, we didn’t get any results and we thought of Viet Nam, which has many good species produced in hatching camps. When we asked them to share their species with us, they said they didn’t share them with private entrepreneurs. That is why we requested the Fisheries Department to conduct G2G negotiations,” Dr Toe Nanda Tin added.
“Currently, over 100 eel larvae have been sent to the Zoology Department of Yangon University for research on eel hatching. Also, research is being conducted on more than 400 eel larvae to conserve them as a local eel species on MFF land,” she said. “An eel can produce 200 to 1,000 eggs. So, if hatching is successful, local fish breeders can breed eels on a manageable scale,” she added.
“We would like to make a suggestion on eel hatching. We would like the MFF to work with us on the project. In 2013, eel farming was conducted in Mandalay Region. We have some records,” said U Hla Htay, the Deputy Head of the Yangon Region Fisheries Department. “If the MFF cooperates with the Fisheries Department to conduct experimental eel farming, hatching will be successful because the department can provide land and staff for the project,” he added. Myanmar eel species are mainly exported to China and Thailand.By Aye Yamone (Translated by Hay Mar)