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

This project aims to maximise sustainable small-scale fisheries production to benefit stakeholders in fish-dependent communities in the Ayeyarwady Delta and Central Dry Zone. It will assess the success of different management practices in securing benefits for small-scale fishers: increased fish production and fisher incomes, improved food security and nutrition, and better gender equity. These criteria will be evaluated with support and inputs from the CGIAR Research Program (CRP) FISH and ACIAR agricultural and extension research program MYFarm.
Fisheries are important to the Myanmar economy and people's livelihoods, but fishery management in Myanmar is weak. The Myanmar National Plan of Action to Combat, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (NPOA-IUU) assessed fishery management effectiveness in marine fisheries and found 'no fisheries management plans in place [and] overall, the body of management substance very limited, with several important fisheries not subjected to any fisheries-specific management rules'. The inland fisheries are poorly governed, so important fish-production areas are at risk and the people who rely on them are vulnerable.