Beyond Ranong, southern fishers struggle to find markets

Myanmar labourers are already at work, hauling baskets laden with fish and bargaining over prices, before the sun is up. They work at the Ranong fish markets, the centre of southern Myanmar’s fishery trade. It is where heavily laden Myanmar fishing boats come to sell their catch, where humming processing factories prepare fish for export, […]

Illicit Fish and Meat Flooding over Thai Border

Fish, prawns and chicken meat are being smuggled over the border in shipping containers from Thailand, according to a letter of complaint from the Kayin State Fisheries Association to the Myanmar Livestock Federation (MLF). “Prices of chicken and fish are high in Myanmar but prices outside of the country are low. There are containers coming […]

Flying fish and the land of the rising sun

The possibility of fish products travelling to Japan on All Nippon Airline (ANA) flights is being discussed by fisheries associations, though shipping costs are the largest stumbling block, say officials. Flying the fish exports would mean higher prices in Japan, where the catch would be fresher than current exports which are refrigerated and sent by […]

Fish Food Prices Increase as China Imports More Raw Materials

The local Fish Food Producers Association announced that it has decided to import food for fish and prawn rather than manufacturing locally, responding to a hike in local prices. Increasing demand for fish food raw materials from China has driven up the price of fish food over the past year. In June 2013, the price […]

Gov’t to Offer Up to $5k to Fish Breeders; Eyes the Elusive $700m from Exports

The government will offer loans of up to K5 million ($5,000) to breeders interested in entering the aquaculture industry in a bid to counteract the sliding domestic fishing industry and collapse in catch-sizes due to over fishing. The loan can now be used to offset prohibitive costs of brick or soil for fish tanks, which […]

Sliding scale: Fish exports slip away

Fish industry exports are likely to fall further this year as both over-fishing and under-investment continues to bite, officials from the Myanmar Fishery Federation (MFF) warned. Although the easing of sanctions opened up EU and US markets to exports, the industry cannot make the necessary investments in fish processing and refrigeration that it needs if […]