MPs of the Amyotha Hluttaw called for fighting illegal fishing, such as using banned fishing nets, and corruption in order to conserve Myanmar’s aquatic resources, which are quickly declining.
When debating a motion on sustainable development of Myanmar’s fishery sector was tabled by MP U Khin Myo Win of Taninthayi Region constituency 12, MP U Han Win Thein of Taninthayi Region’s constituency 4 called for making strict rule enforcement of onshore and offshore fishing to prevent illegal fishing and use of banned fishing nets in order to prevent depletion of fish resources.
“Before fishing boats depart out to sea, thorough inspections and surprise checks should be carried out and effective actions should be carried out against corruption in the fishing sector,” he said.
The motion focused on collecting all taxes which are deserved from fish and aquatic resources from Myanmar’s sea, conservation of fish resources and permitting the transfer of fish to factories or permitting export through FOB and CIF systems by vessels only after the fish hauls from near and far shores are inspected at loading and off-loading ports.
The MP also called for providing full expertise and service loading and off-loading of fish at the ports in order to control the quality of fish and for installing vessel management systems (VMS) on fishing boats.
MPs also stressed the need for aquatic research works to be conducted systematically and consistently to maintain the ecosystem and for the development of the fishery sector.
U Okka Min of Taninthayi Region constituency 8 said One Stop Service provided by Fishery Department in Kawthoung and Myeik inspection stations is now changed to MFI and there were nine groups cooperating. There were 1,128 fishing vessels five foreign joint venture fishing vessels, 33 local fish-carrying vessels working under the inspection of the Myeik inspection station. Most of the fish were exported to Thailand and Malaysia, and four types of inspections were conducted. If the inspection is to be conducted on the wharves, it should be big, wide and government-owned wharves. Advanced machinery and cold stores with sufficient electrical power are required. Installation of VMS to prevent fishing vessels from conducting illegal fishing urgently needs to be implemented. Only then can the Myanmar fishery and aquatic sector be maintained and developed with sustainable production while losses in tax and revenue prevented.
Tatmadaw representative Lt-Col Soe Naing, Dr San Maung Maung of Bago Region constituency 1 and Daw Shwe Shwe Sein Latt of Bago Region constituency 3 also discussed the motion.
Aye Aye Thant (MNA)