A fish survey was conducted during the 2017-2018 fiscal year. Is was a joint venture between the Department of Environment and Wildlife Conservation and the Friends of Wildlife-FOW at Indawgyi Lake After conducting the fish survey, members of the groups found 105 fish species.
The registration of catching fish was carried out in four villages by the Department of Environment and Wildlife Conservation and the FOW group starting from April to December in 2017, this was the sixth time the registration process took place. And then they found that there were 105 fish species.
“There are restricted areas where fishing is prohibited and there are distribution zones for fish species under the management of the Department of Fisheries. In addition, fish conservation areas (distribution zones) and related areas were investigated fifteen days every month” said an official from the Department of Fisheries. In the areas of Indawgyi, Shan, Kachin, Kadu, Kanan ethnic people and Bamar reside and they earn money from fisheries, agriculture, livestock and other jobs. The fishermen from seventeen villages catch over three hundred thousand viss of fish yearly.
The cooperation groups specified the restricted areas where fishing is prohibited in order to conserve the fish species in addition to increasing the fish population on a yearly basis. The Department of fisheries also issued a notice to fishermen that if they break the restriction, action will be taken against local fishermen under the Freshwater Fish Act according to the Department of Fisheries.
Myanmar Digital News