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Myanmar fisheries to get a boost

The fisheries and aquaculture sector employs over 2.6 million people in Myanmar (© Gareth Johnstone/WorldFish)
The fisheries and aquaculture sector employs over 2.6 million people in Myanmar
© Gareth Johnstone/WorldFish

A US$2 million project to improve rural food security and livelihoods in Myanmar through the development of fisheries and smallscale aquaculture has been launched. The WorldFish-led project aims to ensure that Myanmar's aquatic systems are as productive as they can be, by building capacity in research and development in the fisheries and aquaculture sector across the country's varied geography. "The focus of the project is on small-scale fisheries and aquaculture, so increasing net income for fish farmers is one important element of the project," explains project leader, Dr. Gareth Johnstone.

The Myanmar government estimates that the fisheries and aquaculture sector employs over 2.6 million people, so increasing productivity, efficiency, sustainability and equity in the fisheries production system has the potential to benefit millions. The first step will be to examine fisheries and aquaculture production systems to gain insight into the technical capacity of the sector, how productive and diverse these operations are, and how fisheries are currently managed and sustained. The second objective is to identify and test viable options for improving fisheries operations and provide the evidence for informed decision-making on how best to develop the fisheries in the future.

Continued growth of the fisheries sector in Myanmar depends on high quality research to support intelligent development planning and resource management. The third and final objective therefore is to bolster the capacity of the Government, the private sector and development organisations in Myanmar to conduct meaningful fisheries research. The four-year project is funded by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) and the AusAID Asia Division.

Date published: December 2012


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