Fish caught in Myanmar sea drops to less than 20 per cent

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The fish industry has been struggling due to lesser fish being caught in the Myanmar sea.  Photo: Phoe Khwar

Although fishes were caught abundantly in the early fishing opening season, the fish caught dropped to less than 20 per cent in December and January, said an official from Myanmar Marine Fish Farmers Association.
“Normally, the fishes are caught plentifully in August, September and October. But the volume of fish caught was reduced at the end of November, December and January. It has reduced by less than 20 per cent. The fish price has increased by 10 per cent due to less supply of catching fish. The diesel price has also increased to K360,000 from K270,000, he added.
The catching fish in the Myanmar sea is different yearly, depending upon climate change. The entrepreneurs can be affected if the fish caught is still plunged in February and March.
“The fish price has mounted significantly because of the less supply of the fishes. In the monsoon period, the workers are hired. There is also a lot of the fish loaded and unloaded labours in the jetty. We don’t have much time because the fishing season will end up in March,” he added.
The Fisheries Department amended the fish hatching season for 2022 in April, May and June. When the fish spawning season comes, there will be a shortage of job opportunities for the fishermen. Hence, the fish spawning season for 2020 would be more convenient to prevent the lack of jobs for the fishermen.
The fish industry has been struggling due to lesser fish being caught in the Myanmar sea. — Ko Naing (Bago)/GNLM

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