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Improving fishery management in support of better governance of Myanmar’s inland and delta fisheries

Project Code: FIS/2015/046
Program: Fisheries
Research Program Manager: Dr. Ann Fleming
Project Leader: Micheael Akester - WorldFish Center
JAN 2017
DEC 2020
Project Status: Legally Committed/Active
Key partners
Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation, Myanmar


This project is about sustainably increasing fish production in Myanmar and improving benefit-sharing among fish-dependent communities. 

Fisheries are vital to the Myanmar economy and people’s livelihoods, but fishery management is poor. Important fisheries are at risk, increasing the vulnerability of people who rely on them. 

This project will test different fishery management options in inland and delta fisheries (rivers, rice paddies, reservoirs, irrigation canals, wetlands and inland coastal areas).

It will characterise existing fishery management practices and assess their performance on fish production and benefit distribution in key fish-production areas; field test and adapt improved fisheries management approaches for different access arrangements in key fish-production areas of Ayeyarwady Delta; and strengthen research and development capacities of government, partners and fisheries organisations for improving the management of fisheries and associated natural resources, and providing guidance for governance and policy development.  

Expected project outcomes

  • Sustainable management of priority fish-producing areas.
  • Increased fish production and value of fisheries’ products.
  • Increased participation of local communities in the co-management of fisheries and natural resources and decision-making processes.
  • Improved equity among local fisheries users.
  • Sustainable improvements to incomes, nutrition, food security and gender equity for small-scale fishing households, particularly for vulnerable groups.
  • Capacity for improved management of breeding and migration areas of commercially important fish stocks.
  • Changes in fisheries governance and policy arrangements supporting community co-management.