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Myanmar bans illegal fishing in Yangon river

Staff Writer | June 20, 2018
Myanmar authorities have banned illegal fishing in Yangon river to prevent the fishery sector from being threatened, the official Global New Light of Myanmar reported.
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Asia   Fishing is banned at the confluence of three rivers
Fishing is banned at the confluence of three rivers - Bago, Yangon and Hlaing rivers, down to the mouth of the sea.

Such restriction is imposed from June to August to reduce overfishing in the countrys sea.

Myanmar Fishery Federation (MFF) is calling for eliminating the illegal fishing as the number of such cases using electricity and bombs have increased in the country.

The electrocution and bombing are blamed for the decrease of fish reproduction as well as threatening the fisheries resources, biodiversity and marine life.

The illegal fishing cases occurred especially in Yangon, Ayeyarwaddy and Taninthayi regions.

There are about 480,000 acres (194,249 hectares) of fish and prawn breeding farms across the country and the MFF is trying to set up fish and prawn farming zones in cooperation with the region and state governments.

In accordance with the figures from the Ministry of Agricculture, Livestock and Irrigation, Myanmar earned about 717.7 million U.S. dollars from export of over 568.227 tons of fishery products to foreign countries in fiscal year 2017-2018 which ended in March.