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 […]

Myanmar planning to install vessel monitoring system to control illegal fishing

Myanmar is planning to install vessel monitoring system on all offshore fishing vessels in order to control illegal fishing in the country’s territorial waters, according to the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation on Friday. The installation of the system before the new fishing season is aimed at ensuring fish is caught within the designated […]

Myanmar to establish coast guard to boost maritime safety

Myanmar will soon establish a coast guard to protect its over 2000-kilometre-long coastline and territorial waters, news reports said. Minister of Transport and Communication U Thant Zin Maung was quoted by China’s Xinhua state news agency as saying that the new law enforcement body will also ensure the safety of sea routes, especially in areas […]

Illegal fishing batters small-scale fishermen in Myeik

Myeik region faces a shortage of fish resources, and local fishermen find it difficult to survive as the authority turns a blind eye to the voices of local small-scale fishermen, according to local fishermen. Small-scale fishermen are finding it increasingly harder to practice their trade due to illegal onshore fishing by big fishing vessels, illegal […]