Annual examination of Indawgyi Lake water quality, studies planned for fish species

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Some bird species are seen settling in the Indawgyi Lake.

U Maung Win, the warden of Indawgyi Lake Wildlife Sanctuary, reported that water quality in Indawgyi Lake, located in Mohnyin Township, Kachin State, undergoes annual testing.
“Collaborating with Norway and Germany, a fish species study in the lake is ongoing. Since 2016, water quality has seen no significant changes, with only slight variations observed. The lake boasts four unrecorded loach species globally and two unique fish species,” contributing to Indawgyi pride”, U Maung Win said.
The report highlights joint fish species and water quality studies with Fauna and Flora International (FFI). The biodiverse location attracts winter migratory birds, and research collaborates with Norway, sending water specimens to Germany for laboratory tests.
Recent research reveals 95 fish species in the lake, including the unique loaches and two specific species. Indawgyi Lake, a Forest Department-protected wildlife sanctuary spanning 314.67 square miles, remains uninhabited, ensuring an uncontaminated natural environment.
As one of Myanmar’s eight Ramsar Sites, Indawgyi Lake is a preferred destination for winter migratory birds. — ASH/ TMT

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