On 4 July 2017, SEAFDEC Mission, led by Dr. Kaoru Ishii, SEAFDEC Deputy Secretary-General, visited the Department of Fisheries (DOF) Myanmar in Nay Pyi Taw, and paid a courtesy call to Mr. Myint Zin Htoo, Deputy Director General of DOF and concurrent SEAFDEC Alternate Council Director for Myanmar as the representative of the Director General.
With the new two-year (2017-2019) project on “Enhancing Sustainable Utilization and Management Scheme of Tropical Anguillid Eel Resources in Southeast Asia” to be supported by the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) and to be introduced among the ASEAN Member States, the Mission provided brief information on the project background, purposes, work plans, and preparation to be carried out by SEAFDEC together with fisheries officials of the DOF Myanmar. During the discussion, SEAFDEC requested the DOF Myanmar to appoint three contact persons to support activities in coordination with the SEAFDEC staff during 2017-2019, i.e. arrangement of eel issues, data gathering, collecting catch statistics, and considering the national resource management plan and scheme on eel fisheries in Myanmar, in order to ensure effective and smooth project implementation.
As Myanmar is one of the potential countries in the region that is inhabited by some tropical anguillid eel species and currently having eel fisheries, it is important to ensure that the eel resources are properly managed and sustainably utilized. Moreover, it is anticipated that collection of information on situation of utilization of tropical anguillid eel resources in Myanmar is necessary and would be beneficial for management planning and proper utilization of anguillid eel resources in the future. It is also expected that the outcomes from this project could be useful as effective information for consideration and discussion during the COP18 CITES to be held in 2019.
At the end of the Mission, the Project Planning Meeting was announced to be convened by the SEAFDEC Secretariat in collaboration with IFRDMD and AQD, on 4 August 2017 in Bangkok, Thailand; and the delegates from DOF of Myanmar were invited to participate the Meeting.