Over 2,000 traditional inshore trawlers allowed fishing despite three-month close season


May 16,2022


MORE than 2,000 traditional fishing trawlers have been given the go-ahead in spite of the three- month close season, according to the Department of Fisheries.


Myanmar puts a temporary stop to fishing season in Myanmar sea every year. Between 1 May and 30 June 2020, fishing vessels of squid, bamboo fishing rafts are banned to run operations.


The close season for fishing vessels including bamboo fishing rafts in Taninthayi Region is set from April to June. Nevertheless, the traditional inshore fishing trawlers are allowed to run during the close season.


“The close season will expire on 1 July. Over 2,000 traditional inshore trawlers are excluded from this ban,” said an official of Kawthoung District Fisheries Department.


The fish hatcheries in the regions and states yearly add the one-inch sized fish larvae into the lakes, dams and ponds. Such an event is not found in Taninthayi Region. According to a survey conducted by Myanmar Fisheries Department and Norwegian fish researcher, fish and marine resource depletion is found on the surface and deep sea in Myanmar.


Myanmar’s aquaculture exports are shipped to over 40 countries, primarily to Thailand and China, according to the Fisheries Department. — Pwint Thitsar/ GNLM