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Myanmar: Tatmadaw (Navy) instructed fishing operators not to fish in off-shore areas during the off season June 17,2019   |  Source: BNI Online

The Tatmadaw (Navy) has conducted inspections to make sure no off-shore fishing vessels are operating on the sea during a three-month off season, in which all fishing operations must be suspended to preserve the fish population. Fishing operations in offshore areas is forbidden from June 1 to August 31 to allow the fish to lay eggs or give birth to their offspring. During this 3-month period, however, vessels are allowed to operate near the shore (onshore), according to the Township Officer U Ko Lwin, of Ye Township Fishery Department.

“Tatmadaw (Navy) is given authority to check the fishing vessels operating near the shore or offshore. We have reported to the Tatmadaw (Navy) the list of vessels operating near and far from the shore, in our township. Based on the list, the Tatmadaw (Navy) can effortlessly identify which vessels are operating onshore or offshore,” said U Ko Lwin.

Under the instruction from the Fishery Department, the Tatmadaw (Navy) will check for fishermen cards, sailing orders, and prohibited fishing materials. If anything that does not comply with the instructions is found, the fishing vessels won’t be allowed to depart. “By May 31, all 195 offshore fishing vessels were returned to the respective seaports. But in order not to have any fishing

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