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Myanmar: Results of fish survey set to be released by MYAT MOE AUNG June 18,2019   |  Source: Myanmar Times

The result of studies conducted last year by scientists on a Norwegian research vessel will be released within the next couple of months, the Department of Fisheries has announced. The research vessel RV Dr Fridtjof Nansen was in Myanmar from August to September 2018. The ship – named after a famous Norwegian explorer, diplomat, humanitarian and Nobel Peace Prize laureate – conducted a month-long study of fish resources and the marine ecosystem off Rakhine, Tanintharyi and Ayeyarwady.

U Tun Thein, deputy director of the Department of Fisheries, who participated in the study, said that the results are being released later than for the previous survey. “Because the waters off other countries were included in this year’s survey programme, more time was needed to compile the results, which will be released in July or August. The regional report will be released first and the results for individual countries will follow later,” U Tun Thein said. Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Thailand were involved in the latest round of studies, which involved surveys of fish stocks, measurements of microplastic particles in the water, and microplastic contamination in fish.

The volume of microplastics in the sea is believed to be rising, and this could endanger fish, turtles, dolphins and

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