Myeik shrimp framing set for expansion

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Workers netting at the shrimp farm in Myeik, Taninthayi Region. Myeik is home to four shrimp farms with more than 1,500 acres of farming area.  Photo: Myint Oo (Myeik)

Plans are underway to build seven more shrimp farms in Myeik District this fiscal year, reports say.
Currently, Myeik is home to four shrimp farms with more than 1,500 acres of farming area. Shrimp is the district’s major export.
Official of the Myeik District Fisheries Department said: “Offshore fishing has its limits due to reliance on marine resources. So, expansion of farming business is necessary. Now there’re four shrimp farms in Kyunsu and Palaw townships”.
The districts of Dawei, Myeik, and Kawthoung in Taninthayi Region export marine products, including fish, shrimp and squid, through five established trading routes.
The official added that fishery exports to Thailand amounted to 4,471 tonnes in November. Specifically, 1,141 tonnes were transported through the Mawtaung border trading post in Myeik, while 3,330 tonnes were exported via Kawthoung.
“Mawtaung mainly exports over 20 varieties of fish while Kawthoung fish powder. Kawthoung has a direct export route to Ranong”.
Myeik accommodates over 1,200 offshore trawlers but only 900 of them are operating currently, according to the department. — Myint Oo (Myeik)/NT

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