Myanmar fisheries experts began a survey of the country’s marine fish stocks Tuesday in collaboration with a team of Norwegian scientists, the Fisheries Department said.
The experts from the two countries have started mapping the marine environment in Myanmar waters aboard Norwegian research vessel Dr. Fridtjof Nansen.
“The fishery survey is due to run for 55 days, from 28 April to 21 June, and will conduct research on volume and types of fish stocks,” Deputy Minister for Livestock, Fisheries and Rural Development U Khin Maung Aye said at a meeting with fishing industry operators in Yangon on Tuesday.
The expedition team comprises six scientists from Norway, eight experts from the Fisheries Department, three faculty members from universities in Yangon, Myeik and Mawlamyine and a naval officer, the department said, adding that the fishery survey is planned to be conducted in the country’s waters and Exclusive Economic Zone.
The study is the fourth of its kind to be conducted in Myanmar, and is being carried out as part of the EAF-Nansen-project between the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD), the Institute of Marine Research (IMR), and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the department said.
Starting in 1979, the Fisheries Department has conducted the survey to update data that includes fish biomass in the country’s waters, maximum sustainable fish yields and ocean currents.
The second survey was conducted from March to April in 1980 while a third survey was conducted from 13 November to 19 December in 2013.
The department said it aims to create a long-term vision for the establishment of a national fishery research and management system, thereby building stronger connections with global and regional organizations.
The 1,444-ton RV Dr Fridtjof Nansen was built in 1993 is owned by the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation. It has multiple laboratories and carries scientific equipment including sonar, a water sampling system and a fully equipped weather station.