Annual Report 2019

The 2019 Annual Report outlines the CGIAR Research Program on Fish Agri-Food Systems (FISH) achievements in delivering evidence-based solutions that address the complex challenges and opportunities in fish agri-food systems in the developing world. Three years into the Program, FISH research is having a positive impact on the lives of people who depend on fisheries and aquaculture in global food systems.

WorldFish in Myanmar

WorldFish is working with the Myanmar Government and other partners to create a policy environment to improve fisheries management and capture more economic, social and environmental benefits for the long term. The WorldFish integrated research and development program is endorsed by the government and seeks to unlock the potential for growth in aquaculture, for example in the many household ponds in the Ayeyarwady Delta, Central Dry Zone, Shan State and Sagaing Region. Scaling-up smallholder aquaculture can bring benefits such as better incomes, nutrition and health.

Productivity and coastal fisheries biomass yields of the northeast coastal waters of the Bay of Bengal Large Marine Ecosystem

This paper describes the current marine fisheries situation in the northeast sector of the Bay of Bengal, ninety percent of which corresponds to Myanmar's EEZ and ten percent to Bangladesh. With the exception of the research carried out by the fisheries research vessel Fridtjof Nansen, the Myanmar sector is largely data deficient due to political reasons.

Myanmar's fisheries in transition: Current status and opportunities for policy reform

Myanmar's fisheries are among the most important globally but remain some of the least documented. The fisheries sector occupies an important place in Myanmar's economy and culture, and is set to change rapidly as the country enters a period of unprecedented political and economic transition. Building on a unique set of information sources, this article presents a broad view of the current state of knowledge on governance, livelihoods, production and supply chains across Myanmar's three main fishery sub-sectors (marine capture, inland capture, and aquaculture).

Myanmar Fisheries and Aquaculture Research Symposium Proceedings

The Myanmar Fisheries and Aquaculture Research Symposium was held in Yangon on 16-17 November 2017. The event provided a unique opportunity for national and international researchers to take stock of present sectoral knowledge and jointly identify the most promising pathways for impactful fisheries and aquaculture research in Myanmar. The event was cooperatively organized by WorldFish and the Department of Fisheries (DoF) under the umbrella of the Fisheries Research Development Network (FRDN).

Individual tenure and commercial management of Myanmar’s inland fish resources

This chapter presents the current state of knowledge on “Inn” fisheries, an important fisheries management regime in Myanmar. The presentation made is based on a comprehensive review of literature, some original research data and the authors’ extended combined experiences working in Myanmar. The chapter starts by revisiting the origin of the “Inn” system, shedding light on the chain of events that led to its generalization under the British occupation.

Individual tenure and commercial management of Myanmar’s inland fish resources

This chapter presents the current state of knowledge on “Inn” fisheries, an important fisheries management regime in Myanmar. The presentation made is based on a comprehensive review of literature, some original research data and the authors’ extended combined experiences working in Myanmar. The chapter starts by revisiting the origin of the “Inn” system, shedding light on the chain of events that led to its generalization under the British occupation.

Improving the Production, Nutrition and Market Values of Small-Scale Aquaculture in Myanmar’s Shan State and Sagaing Region (INLAND MYSAP)

Running until 2020, INLAND MYSAP supports the sustainable intensification of the small-scale freshwater aquaculture sector, improving the availability of and access to nutritious, affordable food and increasing incomes for poor and vulnerable households in four fish-deficient townships in Shan State and Sagaing Region. The project is targeting 1500 direct beneficiary households and 1500 indirect beneficiary households with its sustainable small-scale aquaculture and improved human nutrition messages.

Improving Fishery Management in Support of Better Governance of Myanmar’s Inland and Delta Fisheries

Known as MYFish 2, the Improving Fishery Management in Support of Better Governance of Myanmar’s Inland and Delta Fisheries project is funded by the Australian Center for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR). It builds on the results of a previous ACIAR-funded project, Improving Research and Development of Myanmar’s Inland and Coastal Fisheries (known as MYFish 1) which focused on institutional capacity building and supported an improved characterization of fisheries management systems in Myanmar.

Gender in Myanmar’s small-scale aquaculture sector

WorldFish’s objective for Myanmar’s MYCulture program is to improve food and income security in the country’s Ayeyarwady Delta and Central Dry Zone regions through the development of small-scale aquaculture To ensure maximum and equitable distribution of the benefits from smallscale aquaculture, the technical component of the program was complemented by a gender and nutrition benchmark study. The aim of the study was to gain an in-depth understanding of existing gender norms and social relations that may influence project outcomes and how they affect men and women differently.

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