VMS installation deadline extended once more

The deadline for fishing vessels to install Vessel Monitoring Systems (VMS) will be extended from November 1 to January 31, 2020, according to U Myint Naing, deputy director at Yangon Region Fishery Department. This is the third time the deadline has been extended. The Yangon government had previously provided a two-month grace period from September […]

Titans of Thai Fishing Collaborate to Tackle Slavery

SAMUT SAKHON, Thailand—Daw Zin Mar was a housewife in Bago Region when she saw an advertisement for a job at Thai Union Group, a global seafood supplier and the world’s biggest producer of tuna. The 44-year-old paid a local recruitment agency about 4,300 Thai baht (212,750 kyats, or US$140)—less than half the sum that most […]

As fishing ban ends, authorities urged to tackle illegal boats

A precipitous decline in fishery resources prompted a three-month ban on all offshore fishing in Myanmar waters, but members of industry and civil society groups say more needs to be done to combat rampant illegal fishing. OFFSHORE BOATS and their crews returned to work on September 1 at the end of a three-month suspension of […]

Number of Salon people in Myeik archipelago becoming less and less

There are only 1786 Salon people in Myeik archipelago and government must made effort to protect them and their survival according to Salon people. Salon people or sea gypsies are now mostly be seen in Myeik district, and Kawthaung district in southern Taninthayi Region. The number of Salon people is gradually decreasing as well as […]

Farmed fish prices rise on lower production, higher feed costs

The inability to meet domestic demand for fish and a curb by fish farms on breeding has caused the price of farmed fish to rise, says Myanmar Fisheries Federation General Secretary U Win Kyaing. The drop in overall fish stocks to satisfy local demand has been made worse by the non-availability of wild-caught fish from […]

Myanmar targets plastic waste in growing green movement

This year’s theme for World Environment Day is plastic pollution, a scourge on Myanmar that is more easily seen in its beaches, mountains and cities than its dearth of reliable statistics. But over the past year a string of hopeful environmental initiatives are pushing back against unnecessary waste. One example is Yangon’s “Straws Suck,” an […]

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 […]

Fish producers face export fall

Fishery exports have failed to pick up so far this year after falling by more than expected last fiscal year, experts say. Poor weather, lack of equipment and shuttered fish farms led to a year-on-year decline of well over an expected US$100 million decline in exports. Consumer interest remains strong, but lower production has led […]

Nay Pyi Taw to host BIMSTEC summit in March

The third summit for the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) will be held in Nay Pyi Taw from March 1 to 4 according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. BIMSTEC includes Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Bhutan and Nepal and aims to create cooperation in multiple sectors including […]