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

Project code
AUD 2,639,788
Research program manager
Prof. Ann Fleming
Project leader
Micheael Akester - WorldFish Center
JAN 2017
MAR 2021
Project status
Legally committed/Active
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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 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. 
Key partners
Ministry of Agriculture
Livestock and Irrigation, Myanmar
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Fact sheet FIS/2015/046