RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT DIVISION

Quality Control and Research Section

Inspection and Certification Unit

            Department of Fisheries responsible Government Organization for exported seafood safety activities to ensure the quality and safety of fish and fisheries products. According to the responsibility for the quality of exported fishery  products to meet international standard requirements including importing  countries' requirement, Inspection and Certification Unit has been implementing the monitoring, control and surveillance (MCS) activities to be ensure the quality and safety of fish and fishery products. At the present Inspection and              Certification Unit has been formed with (5) officers and (24) staffs to confirm processing establishments which complied or not food safety management   systems.

          Food safety management system such as GMP/HACCP are implemented enforcing by Inspection and Certification Unit, under the Research and        Development Division, Department of Fisheries in fishery establishments to operate in exported fishery products according to ASEAN Regional Guideline, Importing Country’s Requirement, Code of Practices in the Regulation. 

            Inspection and Certification Unit has carried out to improve quality wholesomeness and safety of fishery products for human consumption and minimized post-harvest loss to develop and apply quality and safety  management systems that ensure food safety through the implementation, validation and verification of Hazard Analysis Critical Points (HACCP) based system, to        improve inspection practices and harmonies with international inspection    systems adopt quality and safety management systems as appropriate to the     fishery industries to develop and implement GMP guidelines and compliance  standards.

            And then, Inspection and Certification unit, DOF issued the factory license for (117) processing establishments in 2016-2017 fiscal year to monitor and control for the procedure of processing establishments as the requirements of   international standard for food safety and quality assurance. Besides, Inspection and Certification Unit has already formed four inspection teams and regularly    examined the implementation of food safety management system such as GMP, SSOP and HACCP due to official control manual. Currently,(20) establishments

 

have been approved exported to EU, (30) establishments have been approved exported to Vietnam, (6) fish meal establishments and (99) establishments including dried product warehouse and chilled product site have been  registered exported to China.

 

Myanmar has been exporting only frozen wild caught fishery products from (20) approved establishments, Inspection and Certification Unit has been performing to export aquaculture products to EU member countries assistant by EU. National residue plan are prepared and guided by international expert from EU Commission. National residue monitoring plan (2017-2018) and progress report for (2016-2017) was sent to DG SANTE. Good Aquaculture Practices has been performed in these NRMP implemented aquaculture farms by the been performed in these NRMP implemented aquaculture farms by the assistance of EU also. EU-GIZ conducted a training course on Good Aquaculture Practices-Compliance and Traceability has already trained 120 participants including DOF staffs and Aqua farms workers and stakeholders.

            Currently, Inspection and Certification Unit, DOF issued the " Technical Regulation for Export Import Fishery Products" based on WTO-SPS agreement   assistance by FAO TCP/MYA/3401(D) project", during August 2012 to December 2014 to   operate in food safety activities due to the international market   requirements especially ASEAN, China and importing countries requirement. Similarly, Inspection and Certification Unit, DOF proclaimed Directive - 2/2015 dated on 14.7.2015 to comply in fishery activities.

          DOF arranged the some important training program like that HACCP  Principles and its Implementation, Good Hygiene Practices in Fish Handling and Traceability,Internal Audit, Risk Analysis for Fishery Products to DOF inspectors and employees from processing establishments, landing sites and ice plants due to the FAO –TCP/MYA/3401(D) .

          EU has provided technical assistance for DOF to become in-line with EU Requirements. Currently, EU-GIZ has been supporting the technical assistant, equal 10.5 million euro within three years(2015-2017) under the Trade Development Program   through the supply chain such as fishing vessels, landing sites, ice plants due to comply with food safety management system due to the Trade Development Program. EU-GIZ has also supports for Inspection and Certification Unit to building capacity on food safety management systems such as Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), Good Hygiene Practices (GHP) and Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point System (HACCP). Then, EU-GIZ has been providing support for the implementation of the National Residue Monitoring Plan, to improve the control  on veterinary drugs used in aquaculture, supporting the ICU inspectors to strengthen all aspects of food control systems including   aquaculture.

            An ASEAN Rapid Alert System on food and feed (RASFF) is ongoing        network for notification of direct or indirect risks to human health deriving from food or feed between competent authorities. DOF has participated in pilot  Rapid Alert System for food and feed since 2007 and contact with regional activities. Inspection and Certification Unit has conducted the training for ASEAN Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed in 19th January 2015 to 21st January 2015 by Experts from Thailand. Otherwise, Inspection and Certification Unit, DOF has performed Trade Control and Expert System (TRACES) by the assistance of EU-GIZ according to the Trade Development Program.

      As Myanmar is one of the member countries of ASEAN, Inspection and  Certification Unit has implemented the ASEAN Regional Guidelines such as implementation of the ASEAN Common Principle and Requirement for Food Hygiene, Implementation of the ASEAN Common Principe and Requirements for the labeling for pre-package food and Implementation of the ASEAN Common Principle for food Systems in establishments before ASEAN Free Trade Area.

            Otherwise, according to ASEAN Economic Blue Print, Inspection and     Certification Unit has been implementing food safety issues related priority        integrated sectors to harmonies in trading between ASEAN countries, Inspection and Certification Unit has been implementing the minimum requirement for seafood trade in ASEAN particularly the farming system requirement for seafood trade in ASEAN particularly the farming system requirements, product standards,       laboratory accreditation and health certification requirements. 

 

Analytical Laboratory Section

Continuously Maintain the Accredited Laboratory Comply with ISO/IEC 17025:2005

            The laboratory, Analytical Laboratory Section of Fish and Quality Control Division of Department of Fisheries (Yangon Region, Myanmar). Accreditation No.1225/55 has been assessed for reassessment of accreditation  Code  HP 255/54 in accordance with  ISO/IEC17025:2005 by the assessor team of the Bureau of Laboratory Quality Standards (BLQS), Department of Medical Sciences (DMSc) Dated on since 2012.

            Our accredited parameters for Microbiological Test were TPC, Coliform, Ecoli, Salmonella, Staph.aureus, Vibrio cholera and Listeria monocytogen. Chemical Test was Nitrofuran(AOZ, AHD, SEM, AMOZ), ELISA (Chloramphenicol, Tetracycline), Heavy Metal(Cadmium, Lead and Mercury). Now, Laboratory was already finished  reassessment and the certification valid has been 29 September 2016 to 28  September 2018.

 

Participation the Proficiency Test (PT) Programme

            Laboratory had participated the Proficiency Test once a year for all accredited parameter.Currently,PT providers were QMAS(Thailand),Central Lab (Thailand) and FAPAS ( UK).

 

Calibration Certificate for Measuring Equipment & Devices

            For 2016 program of calibration by ISO/IEC17025:2005 accredited laboratory’s maintenance was finished and calibrated at 26, September 2016 with Central Laboratory from Thailand (Songkhla Branch). All measuring Equipment and instruments are 62 items.

 

Preventive Maintenance

            The laboratory had contracted every year for Regular Preventive       Maintenance (RPM) between DoF and Sciex ( Thailand) Co., Ltd from Thailand, AMTT Co., Ltd from Myanmar for LC/MS/MS of 2016. Some of the Microbiological Lab’s equipment and remaining chemical equipments as HPLC and AAS also finished preventive maintenance by AMTT Co., Ltd and Okkar Thiri Co., Ltd from Myanmar.

 

Action Plan for Future

            DoF Laboratory had participated the Japanese Trust Fund VI project for Biotoxin Monitoring in ASEAN conducted by Marine Research Department(MFRD), project period from 2013-2019 as a technical assistance. National Residue Monitoring Plan (NRMP) progress report (2016-2017) and Annual plan (2017-2018) submit to EU, DG- SANTE.

 

Environment and Endangered Species Conservation Section

 Sea Turtle Conservation and Management

    Nesting of turtles is observed around Andaman Sea, Gulf of Mottama (Gulf of Mattaban), and Bay of Bengal. Since 1963, the Department of Fisheries(DoF) has taken up a project to propagate and conserve sea turtles on Thameehla Island (Diamond Island) in Ngaputaw Township, Ayeyarwady Division. Then in 1986, the project was fully revived and hatchery was established.

            Generally sea turtle conservation activities are conducted in collaboration and with the assistance of Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center (SEAFDEC). Since 2001 the turtle conservation activities have been enhanced as the collaboration with International agencies and organizations are extended. The Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation and Management of Marine Turtles and their Habitats of the Indian Ocean and South-East Asia (IOSEA-MoU) was signed between DOF Myanmar and IOSEA. At present,    Myanmar is being cooperated and collaborated with institution namely ASEAN-SEAFDEC, IOSEA (MoU), and Indian Ocean Turtle Newsletter (IOTN).

            The sea turtle species recorded in Myanmar are loggerheads(Carettacaretta),  green turtles (Cheloniamydas), hawksbills (Eretmochelysimbricata), olive ridleys (Lepidochelysolivacea),and leatherbacks(Dermochelyscoriacea).DoF had conducted turtle hatching based on conditions of rookeries in nesting areas. Hatching methods used as (a) Hatching in their original natural nests (In-situ) and   Hatching in man-made nest after transferring the eggs from natural nests. (Transplanting ) Some nest were excavated and transferred to incubate in  selected sites (Hatcheries). Data collection on hatching of Turtles at original nest site was also carrying out. Currently, Department of Fisheries is carrying out tagging and using temperature data loggers in the turtle nests to understand sex differentiation of the turtles.

 


The public needs to be widely educated and informed for the conservation and protection of sea turtles The DOF educated the fishermen and public living in the coastal areas on the          conservation and protection of marine turtles.  As preservation of sea turtles in Myanmar waters and their prosperity depend on the interest and the participation of the people, education program have been initiated targeting the fishery communities and the local people along the coastline.

 

 

Constraints for Sea Turtle Conservation and Managements are: i) inadequacy of man power; b) difficulty to control and educate eggs poachers in remote areas; iii) Communication and transportation problem in reaching rookeries in remote areas; iv) requirement of modern equipment and materials; v) need of research methodology and research equipment; vi) poor trained person and literatures; vii) weakness in feedback system and information; viii) Need for more  cooperation and collaboration with government agencies and other organization which are     involved in Wildlife Conservation.; and ix) Insufficient technical experience and expertise.

                  The public needs to be widely educated and informed for the conservation and            protection of sea turtles. For this purpose Department of Fisheries distributes pamphlets and posters, inserting educational program in newspaper, magazines, journals television, radio talks. As preservation of sea turtles in Myanmar waters and their prosperity depend on the interest and the participation of the people, education program have been initiated targeting the fishery communities and the local people along the coastline.          

DOF understanding the importance of marine turtles will continue to carry out the         activities such as: i) organizing the concerned people to cooperate in the conservation activities:  ii) collect data on population; and iii) to get feedback from the different levels in the coastal areas.

In 2014, Thameehla Island, Department of Fisheries received the Network of Sites of Importance for Marine Turtles in Indian Ocean – South East Asia Region Certificate which were certified by United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Convention on Conservation of Migratory Species (MS) and IOSEA.

          

 

The public needs to be widely educated and informed for the conservation and protection of sea turtles The DOF educated the fishermen and public living in the coastal areas on the conservation and protection of marine turtles.  As preservation of sea turtles in Myanmar waters and their prosperity depend on the interest and the participation of the people, education program have been initiated targeting the fishery communities and the local people along the coastline.   

 

Ayeyarwady Dolphin Conservation Conducted by Department of Fisheries in Ayeyarwady River

            Ayeyarwady (Irrawaddy) River is one of the biggest rivers in Southeast Asia, and it's the most dominant feature in Myanmar (Burma). This arises from Northern hill streams and through steep gorges upstream of Bhamo, and then flow the entire length of country, for approximately 2,200 km, before the reaches of Andaman Sea.

            The 19th century naturalist John Anderson described Ayeyarwady (Irrawaddy) dolphin in the Ayeyarwady Rivers as morphologically distinct from Orcaella brevirostris.

            The Department of Fisheries (DoF) established and defined as protected area for Ayeyarwady dolphin (72 km) river segment between Min Gun in  Mandalay Region and Kyauk Myaung in Sagaing Region.

            The Ayeyarwady dolphin conservation team conducted patrolling within the protected area twice a month and also conduct educational program in the protected area to prevent illegal fishing techniques and fishing gears which can harm the dolphin and fishes along the river. During the survey, the team     distributed produced posters and pamphlets for  awareness and educational

 

Constraints for Sea Turtle Conservation and Managements are: i) inadequacy of man power; b) difficulty to control and educate eggs poachers in remote areas; iii) Communication and transportation problem in reaching rookeries in remote areas; iv) requirement of modern equipment and materials; v) need of research methodology and research equipment; vi) poor trained person and literatures; vii) weakness in feedback system and information; viii) Need for more  cooperation and collaboration with government agencies and other organization which are     involved in Wildlife Conservation.; and ix) Insufficient technical experience and expertise.

                  The public needs to be widely educated and informed for the conservation and            protection of sea turtles. For this purpose Department of Fisheries distributes pamphlets and posters, inserting educational program in newspaper, magazines, journals television, radio talks. As preservation of sea turtles in Myanmar waters and their prosperity depend on the interest and the participation of the people, education program have been initiated targeting the fishery communities and the local people along the coastline.          

DOF understanding the importance of marine turtles will continue to carry out the         activities such as: i) organizing the concerned people to cooperate in the conservation activities:  ii) collect data on population; and iii) to get feedback from the different levels in the coastal areas.

In 2014, Thameehla Island, Department of Fisheries received the Network of Sites of Importance for Marine Turtles in Indian Ocean – South East Asia Region Certificate which were certified by United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Convention on Conservation of Migratory Species (MS) and IOSEA.

 

purposes regarding Ayeyarwady dolphin and conservation activities to the local communities who live along the both river side. The Conservation team      provided souvenir things such as; Ayeyarwady Dolphin T - Shirt, pencil, Ball pen, note books, etc to the students from 60 villages of protected areas.

 

 

     The Ayeyarwady dolphin conservation team supported Rohu (Labeo      rohita) species fish fingerlings and also provided fish pellet to culture the fish for 3 months. After 3 months, some fishes were released into the protected area  in Ayeyarwady river segment, and purposes for enhancing freshwater fishery resources.       

     Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) staff in collaboration with the         Department of Fisheries staffs conducted the Ayeyarwady dolphin monitoring, surveillance and visual boat-base survey, and the team always identified and estimated the population and group size and threats to the dolphins   between the Mandalay in Mandalay Region to Bahmo in Kachin State every year.

     WCS in collaboration with DOF for observing the Ayeyarwady dolphin and conducted workshops regarding village-based eco-tourism.      

            In Myanmar, interesting tourists can study and enjoy cooperative fishing activities with Ayeyarwady dolphin and cast-net fishermen as a eco- tourism development. During the open season, at the upper reaches of the Ayeyarwady river, the cast net fisherman who conduct cooperative fishing practices   cooperation with dolphin, it is one of the famous fishing practices in Myanmar.

           

 

A wide range of research and conservation activities have been implemented in the protected area under a guidance of Department of Fisheries.

            The Letter of Agreement - LoA was signed on the 23rd September, 2016, between the Department of Fisheries and Wild Life Conservation Society (WCS) USA, for the purpose of marine conservation program, WCS will extent her conservation activities in collaboration with DOF.

 

Marine & Fresh Research and Conservation Section

The Marine Fishery Resources of Myanmar

            Myanmar currently reports the largest marine fishery catch in the Bay of Bengal region and the importance of fisheries to both the economy and national food security are undisputable. The capture fishery sector contributes around 10 % to the Myanmar GDP and large part of the human  population finds its livelihood in this sector.

     Although the total marine catches are uncertain, estimates range as high as 1.3 –1.8 million tonnes per year.

            The vision of the Fisheries Department of Myanmar is to “Ensure a       sufficiency of fish supplies not only for the present entire national people but also for future generations by conserving the fishery resources with sustainable fisheries

            As part of this commitment, the Department of Fisheries has been        cooperating with the  Institute of Marine Research of Bergen (IMR), FAO NORAD, the Bay of Bengal Large Marine Ecosystem Project (BOBLME) and the Nansen Survey Programme, to assess the status of marine capture fishery  resources in the Myanmar EEZ.

            This policy brief summarises the results of two marine fishery/ecosystem surveys conducted in Myanmar during 2013 and 2015 and the main findings and recommendations that emerged from the analysis of the data and the post-survey results workshops.

 

Background to the Nansen Surveys

            The first assessment of the state of the fishery resources of Myanmar was conducted through two surveys during 1979-1980, using the RV Dr. Fridtjof Nansen1. The results from those two surveys were used as the basis to        estimate a Maximum Sustainable Yield (MSY) for the marine fisheries of the Myanmar EEZ.

 

 

Two workshops were held to present the results of these last two surveys to Myanmar authorities and stakeholders. Both surveys have been planned and executed in close collaboration with the DoF, Myanmar, the BOBLME (for the 2013 survey), the Marine Science Department (Mawlamyine and Myeik universities)

Objectives of the Nansen Surveys

            The 1979-80 surveys aimed at obtaining an estimate of the marine     standing stock biomass within Myanmar EEZ, as the basis to estimate sustainable yields.

            Environmental work included recording type of bottom and hydrographic   conditions. Both the 1979-1980 and 2013-2015 surveys covered the pre-monsoon      and post-monsoon seasons. This was intended to account for major seasonal variations in fish abundance. For the 2015 and 2015  surveys, the objectives were expanded to include more comprehensive ecosystem-related data. This included:

 Distribution, abundance and biodiversity of fish (pelagic and demersal)

 Size distribution, further biological information and genetic material from selected  species

 Distribution, abundance and composition of phyto- and zooplankton, fish eggs and larvae

 Environmental conditions in the survey area (temperature, salinity, oxygen, chlorophyll, nutrients and sediments)

 

 Sampling of benthic communities, infauna and macrofauna

 Determination of sediment composition and chemical analysis (heavy metals and hydrocarbons)

 

Main Findings of the 2013-2015 surveys

            Both survey periods showed important seasonal variations in hydrographic conditions over the whole survey area. This affects fish distribution patterns and these changes are well known to the fishery. This does result in differences in the biomass estimates between the pre and  post-monsoon seasons.

            The seasonal differences were much less significant than the major decline        observed in biomass of both pelagic and demersal fish when compared with the results of the 1979-1980    surveys.

            A considerable increase in abundance of jellyfish was observed in 2015 and this was not  recorded in any of the previous surveys.  

 

Pelagic Fish abundance

            The average pelagic biomass estimated in the 1979-1980 surveys was about 1 million tonnes. The average pelagic standing stock biomass estimated from the 2013 and 2015 in Myanmar waters was  estimated at only 190 000 tonnes. The updated  pelagic biomass estimates represent an 80% decrease from the 1970-1980 estimated biomass.

 

Demersal Fish Abundance

            The average demersal biomass estimated in the 1979-1980 surveys was about 750,000 tonnes. The average    demersal standing stock biomass in the 2013-2015 survey was estimated at 320 000 tonnes. The updated demersal biomass estimates represent a 50% decrease from the 1970-1980  estimated biomass.

 

 

Figure.2.Course track with bottom () and pelagic (Δ) trawl stations. The 50 m, 100 m and 500 m depth contour is indicated. The red lines indicate the separation between the three main regions.

 

Changes in Species  Composition

            The species composition of the demersal(trawl)catch was compared. The results show that there has been a significant reduction in the most       valuable commercial species(threadfin bream, croakers, sea catfish, snappers). There has also been a significant increase in smaller fast            recruiting, less valuable species. This is a typical indication of over-fishing.

 

 

Collaborate with Fauna and Flora International-FFI

            Department of Fisheries (DOF) and FFI-Myanmar Programme have been agreed and signed Letter of Agreement (LoA) on  “Collaborative Programme to  support the Marine and Freshwater Biodiversity in Kachin and Rakhine States, Ayeyawaddy and Tanintharyi Regions ” on 17 December 2014.

 

Activities of Fish biodiversity surveys and establishment of Locally Managed Marine Areas-LMMAs

            Fauna and Flora International (FFI) is undertaking fish biodiversity surveys in the projects in collaboration with the Department of Fisheries. Because of these surveys, 25 new fish species for the science have been identified. In Indawgyi basin, 95 fish species were recorded and 6 species such as Lepidocephalichthys sp. Indawgyi, Acanthocobitissp. Indawgyi, Physoschistura sp. Indawgyi, Schistura sp. affinis. malaisei, Schistura sp. Indawgyi, Amblyceps sp. Indawgyi were recorded as new species for the science. Along the watershed tributaries of Malihka River in Putao District, 46 fish species were recorded and 5 species such as Devario sp., Aborichthysaff. kempi, Acanthocobitisaffinis. botia, Schistura sp. 1, Schistura sp. 2 were recorded as new species for the science. In the Taninthary River, 113 fish species were identified and 9 species such as Hypsibarbus sp., Macrognathussp., Dermogenyssp., Crossocheilusaffinis.        burmanicus, Brachydanioaffinis. kerri, Pangioaffinis. pangia, Garrasp., Acantopsissp., Balitoropsisaffinis.leonardiwere recorded as new species for science. In Lenyar River, 54 fish species were recorded and 5 species such as Poropuntius sp., Dermogenysaffinis. collettei, Brachydanioaffinis. kerri, Pangioaffinis. Pangia, Garrasp. were recorded as new species for science.

            FFI is also implementing conservation projects in collaboration with the Department of Fisheries and supported by the Tanintharyi Regional Government to establish Locally Managed Marine Areas (LMMAs) in Done Pale Aw village and Lin Lon-Parawah village on the Thayawthadangyi Island and Langann village on Langann Island for the sustainability of the livelihood of the local communities in the MyeikAchipelago. Regarding to implement as the pilot project, Department of Fisheries and FFI created a taskforce for LMMAs which involves local Universities, Line Ministries Government staff and other concerned organizations.  And marine mapping are being produced to use of the resources with communities, identified the zoning systems within LMMA and developed rules and regulations for LMMA.

 

            FFI is also implementing conservation projects in collaboration with the Department of Fisheries and supported by the Tanintharyi Regional Government to establish Locally Managed Marine Areas (LMMAs) in Done Pale Aw village and Lin Lon-Parawah village on the Thayawthadangyi Island and Langann village on Langann Island for the sustainability of the livelihood of the local communities in the MyeikAchipelago. Regarding to implement as the pilot project, Department of Fisheries and FFI created a taskforce for LMMAs which involves local Universities, Line Ministries Government staff and other concerned organizations.  And marine mapping are being produced to use of the resources with communities, identified the zoning systems within LMMA and developed rules and regulations for LMMA.

RECOMMENDATIONS

 Consistent with the Myanmar Vision, management actions and     policies should be directed to rebuilding stocks.

 Current yields, based on standing biomass of demersal and     pelagic stocks are well below the fishable yield of the 1970’s.

 The target would be to rebuild pelagic and demersal stocks to at least the level of the early 1970s.

 In order to achieve this target, the total allowable catches should be in the order of about 100 000 t. (pelagic + demersal).

  A combination of management measures to reduce fishing effort are required achieve this target.

 These measures must also be:

 Possible to implement

 Cost effective

 Acceptable by stakeholders

 Balanced with respect to short term social and economic impacts and longer term benefits to economy, environment and   employment

 

 

Figure .4. Horizontal near-surface (5 m depth) distributions of temperature, salinity, oxygen and fluorescence for the whole Myanmar coastal area. Station positions are indicated as black dots. Produced with the software Ocean Data View (v 4.7.2), interpolating by DIVA gridding (Ocean  Data View, Schlitzer, R., http://odv.awi.de, 2015).

 

Research and Training (Fisheries Training Supervision Section)

Department of Fisheries (DoF) is responsible for the development of fisheries sector of the Union of Myanmar and the responsibilities of DoF for development and management in fisheries are as follow:

 Conservation and rehabilitation of fisheries resources

 Promotion of fisheries research and surveys

 Collection and compilation of fisheries statistic and information

 Extension services

 Supervision services

 Sustainability of fishery resources

In order to implement above responsibilities, DoF has established three fisheries training centers namely.

 Institute of Fisheries Technology, (Gyogon, Yangon Region )

 Pyapon Fisheries Training Center, (Ayeyarwady Region ) and

 Upper Myanmar Fisheries Training Center (Sagaing Region)

         Human resource development in fishery sector and capacity building are carried out through the training centers. In the year 2016-2017, nine training courses have been successfully conducted associated the fields of Aquaculture, Statistics for Fisheries SPSS for Research and Data Management, On-site Training Leadership and Management, Best Management Practices for Sustainable Fishery Training, Training on Research Data Analysis of        Dr. Fridjof Nansen, Taxonomy and Identification of Fish Training, On-site    Training Implementation of GMP, SSOP and HACCP for Fish Processing Plant Training, English Specking and Computer: totally 1722 trainees have been acquired knowledge of fisheries relevant fields. The various training for fishery taskforce skill development in (2016-2017) fiscal year has been    conducted with 58 trainings and 1722 trainees in total.

 

Currently, Development of Fisheries, Research & Training is being conducting the project namely: “Small-scale Fisheries and Aquaculture in Myanmar; Institutional Support for the Dissemination of the European Regulation and the Mediterranean Best Practices"(MyanMed) in Institute of Fisheries Technology (IFT, Yangon)by the support of Italian Development Cooperation with the Technical Support of CIHEAM Bari Institute, Italy, with Euro 680000 for one year project in order to upgrade IFT and support fisheries institution in Myanmar. The expected project outcome is that IFT become “Technical Hub”. 

 

International Relations and Projects Section

            By the Invitation of the International, Regional Organizations and Partner Countries, DOF Staffs had participated in the meetings, workshops, seminars and trainings in other countries and the experiences and knowledge gained from those events will contribute the objectives of DOF in her continuing efforts towards achieving sustainable fisheries development for food security. The participated list of events was as follows;

 

Ph.D Candidates of DOF at abroad

            Qualified staffs of DOF have been studying in abroad for their capacity and after that whose will be performed in relative program.

 No.

Name/Position

University

Duration

Graduation

Study Field

1.

Daw Htet Moe Win

PKNU International

University

2013 March  to

2017 March

Ph. D

Candidates

Fisheries Science

Health Evaluation on Oyster

2.

U Myat Thiha Saw

University of Tasmania

(Austria)

14-1-2015

To

31-12-2017

 

B.Sc

Marine             Environment

Sustainable Economic Development (Including Agriculture and Food Security)

3.

Daw Khine Htet Htet Win

National Taiwan Ocean University

1-9-2014

to

31-7-2016

 

M. Sc Candidates

International Master’s Program in Aquaculture Technology and       Management

4.

U Htin Lin Aung

National Taiwan Ocean University

1-9-2014

to

31-7-2016

 

M. Sc Candidates

International Master’s Program in Aquaculture Technology and       Management

5.

Daw Wah Wah Phu

ICFO

27-8-2015 to     27-8-2017

M.Sc Candidates

Graduate course in

fisheries

6.

Daw Su Su Mon

National Taiwan Ocean University

1-9-2015 to  31-7-2017

M.Sc Candidates

International Master’s Program in Aquaculture Technology  and      Management

 

 

 

Department of Fisheries  Cooperation with International Organizations

1. “Small-scale aquaculture Extension for Promotion of Livelihood of Rural  Community in CDZ Project” (SAEP II ) (US$- 4 millions) funded by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in  Central Dry Zone from March , 2014 to March , 2019 , is focusing on small scale aquaculture in central dry area including Mandalay, Sagaing and Magway Region.(Project Manager:USaw Lah Paw Wah , Director )

Ayeyarwaddy Dolphin Research and Protected Area Management Plan (WCS)(Technical Assistant) supported by Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), from 2007 to 2017, along the Ayeyarwady River

 

1. in Mandalay and Saging Regions is to protect and conserve the Ayeyarwady Dolphin. (Project Manager : Daw Thida Moe , Fishery Officer )

2. Project for Development of Inland Fish Farming Technology: (US$ 4.41 Million) funded by Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and to be implemented at Thayetkone Fisheries Station in Mandalay from 2014 to 2016. (Project Manager: Dr Aung Naing Oo, Deputy Director)

3. Collaborative Program to Support the Conservation of Marine and Freshwater Biodiversity in Myanmar)  (Technical Assistant) support by Flora and Fauna International (FFI) from December 2014 to December 2019, Conserving endangered freshwater species and ecosystems, and environmental services in Kachin and Tanintharyi Regions. Conserving marine species and ecosystems and environmental services in Tanintharyi and Ayeyarwady Regions and Rakhine State. (Project Manager: Dr Thet YuYu Swe. Fishery Officer)

4. JTF Chemical & Drug Residues in Fish & Fish Products in SEA-Biotoxins Monitoring in ASEAN (ASP, AZA and BTX) (Technical Assistant) support by SEAFDEC Japanese Trust Fund VI from 2013 to 2017 in Thaninthayi Region, Rakhine State . (Project Manager : Dr. Su Myo Thwe, Deputy Director) 

5. Small- Scale Fisheries and Aquaculture in Myanmar: Institutional Support for Dissemination of European Regulations and Best Mediterranean Practices (MyanMed) (Euro- 0.68 millions) funded by Italy from 2015 Nov-2017 July in West Gyo Gone, Insein Township, Yangon.  ( Project Manager : Dr Yin Yin Moe, Deputy Director)

6. Promoting sustainable growth of aquaculture in Myanmar to  improve food security and income for communities in the Ayeyarwady Delta and Central Dry Zone  (MyCulture) (US$- 3.29 millions) funded by WorldFish Center from 2015 -2018 in  Ayeyarwady Delta and Central Dry Zone. (Project Manager:   U Nyunt Win, Deputy Director)

7. Securing a sustainable blue economy for Myanmar (WCS-LoA) funded by Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), from 2016 to 2017 ,  Rakhine Coastal and Tanintharyi Coastal -

(A)  Securing marine fisheries , Livelihoods and biodiversity in Myanmar through co-management(2016 Sep–2017 Aug )   (US$ -0.0615 millions)

(B)  Spearheading Marine Conservation in Myanmar : A national program for marine spatial planning and fisheries reform (2016 Sep–2017 Aug)(US$-0.210 millions)

 

(C)  Building Thriving Fisheries in Myanmar(2016 Sep–2017 May) (US$-0.1430 millions)  (Project Manager : Daw Thida Moe , Fishery Officer)

9. Myanmar Sustainable Aquaculture Programme (MYSAP) (Euro-22.5 millions) funded by German International Agency(GIZ)  from 2016  to 2022 , Ayeyarwady Delta and Central Dry Zone, Rakhine State and Shan State (Project Manager: U Saw Lah Paw  Wah, Director )

10. Sustainable Coastal Fisheries (DANIDA ) ( US$-6 millions)  funded by Danish International Development Agency from 2017- 2020, Tanintharyi (Myeik), Rakhine (Maung Taw and Sitt tawe) (Project Manager: Dr. Htun Thein , Deputy  Director )

11. Improvement of Data Collection on fisheries and Aquaculture Production : Pilot system for the Yangon Region (FAO-3601) (US$- 0.250 millions) funded by Food and Agriculture Organization-FAO  from 2017-2018 Dec  , Yangon Division  ( Project Manager: U Thant Zin, Assistant Director)

12. Development of Sustainable and environmental friendly aquaculture techniques in coastal waters in Myanmar (JIRCAS)  ( JP Yan 15 millions)  funded by Japan International Research Center for Agriculture Sciences from 2016 Nov – 2021 Aug  , Tanintharyi Division and Myeik Coastal. ( Project Manager:  Dr. Aung Naing Oo, Deputy Director)

13. Strengthening the adaptive capacity and resilience of fisheries and aquaculture-dependent livelihoods in Myanmar (Fish Adapt) (US$-6 millions)  funded by Food and Agriculture Organization –FAO from  2017 March to 2021, Yangon (Kyauk Tan) , Ayeyarwaddy (Amar) and  Rakhine (Mye bone) ( Project Manager:  Dr. Kyaw Kyaw, Deputy Director)

14. Improving Fishery Management in Support of Better Governance of Myanmar's Inland and Delta Fisheries  (MYFish-2) (AUD-2.64 millions)   funded by WorldFish Center from 2017-2020 , Ayeyarwady Delta and Central Dry Zone. ( Project Manager: U Nyunt Win, Deputy Director)

15. Smithsonian  Conservation  Biology Institute (Smithsonian) (Technical Assistant) support by Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute  (USA) from  2017 May  to 2017 Nov , Tanintharyi Division , Dawei  and Myeik , kawthaung  ( Project Manager: U Tin Htut. Assistant Director)

 

 

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Planning , Statistics and Rural Development Section

            Fisheries statistics are not only a key component of a fisheries information system required for policy, planning, monitoring and management of fisheries but also a vital tool for knowing about the current and past status of fisheries and its trends on the development of the  sector.

            In major data collection fisheries statistics in Myanmar are three main sources of statistics, such as censuses, surveys and registration and licensing. The Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation is conducting the data collection, compilation, analysis and dissemination for fisheries and Livestock sector. The data collection in fisheries is implemented by the Department of Fisheries (DoF).

 The objectives of fishery data collection

1. To fulfill the requirements of information for the users in relation to fishery sector;

2. To access and focus fisheries resources potential and productivity;

3. Prediction and planning to meet the sustainable fisheries;

4. Making policy and decision on fishery sector;

5. Formulating and developing essential processes for long-term monitoring and management.

 

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Vision

Sustainable development of fisheries sector for food security, improvement of the socio-economic of rural people and contribution to the economic development of the nation based on fisheries industry.

 

Policy

Ensuring  food  security,  food  safety  and  sustainable  development  of fisheries  sector  by  conservation  of  fisheries  resources  in  accordance  with  the fisheries laws.

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