Myanmar fish resources fall sharply in past 38 years: research

Fish inhabiting the surface waters of Myanmar declined by about 80 percent between 1980 and 2018 and there was a steep drop in commercially important fish on the seabed, according to joint research by Myanmar and Norwegian scientists.

The study, carried out by the Norwegian-operated research vessel RV Dr. Fridtjof Nansen in cooperation with Myanmar fishery authorities, showed that compared with research results from 1979-80, fish in surface waters and on the seabed declined sharply.

The measurement of fish resources looked at the distribution of fish in different seasons and the changes in seawater associated with the annual monsoon. The findings were released by the Department of Fisheries on Tuesday.

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Myat Moe Aung