Aquaculture production survey slated to end in April 2019

An artificial pond is used for fish farming.  Photo: Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO)
An artificial pond is used for fish farming.  Photo: Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO)

The aquaculture production survey, conducted jointly by the Yangon Region Fisheries Department and Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), in 16 townships is slated to end by the end of April 2019.
This survey is being conducted under the project name ‘Improvement of Fishery and Aquaculture Production’ in Mingaladon, Hlegu, Taikkyi, Insein, Hmawby, Dagon Myothit (East), Htantabin, Thanlyin, Kyauktan, Kayan, Thongwa, Twantay, Kungyangon, Kawhmu and other townships. The survey was planned in the 2016-2017 fiscal year.
“The survey will reveal the data of fish varieties found in various townships, determine their self-sufficiency, fishing type, scarcity of particular fish varieties, endangered species and labour force, said U Hla Htay, Deputy Director of the Yangon Region Fisheries Department.
Earlier, the Fisheries Department had published a biennial statistical yearbook. However, the book is believed to be unreliable, FAO and international experts said. The book shows more volume than the existing aquaculture resources, and it seems unconnected with real data. This being so, this survey is carried out to get actual data, said U Aung Kyaw Htay, a national consultant.
Previously, the Fisheries Department conducted the survey using the conventional paper work. Now, they are using an eGovernment system that links with the data server at the Yangon Region Fisheries Department. Data on offshore and inshore fishing, public property inland waters, fishing ponds enterprises, fisheries resources from fish farming lakes and labour force are now being collected throughout the year.
“We will compare the statistics book’s production with the data from the electronic survey. The current activity will be considered as a pilot project for the ‘Improvement of Fishery and Aquaculture Production’, and we will proceed to Rakhine, Taninthayi and Ayeyawady coastal regions and other places across the country,” U Aung Kyaw Htay maintained.
The public will get open access to the data later.

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