Fish resource declines in Ye due to poison fishing
Source: The Global New Light Of Myanmar
Date: 10 March 2018
Local fishermen in Ye, Taninthayi Region, are facing scarcity of fish in the rivers, and have blamed illegal fishing activities for the decline.
Traditional fishermen have complained about illegal fishing with the use of poison to the local authorities, urging them to take action against those involved in such activities.
"To fight illegal fishing, we need the cooperation of the local people, because it is difficult to get evidence," said U Zaw Min Oo, Head of Ye Township Fishery Department. A case was brought to the court this year, thanks to the cooperation of the local people, he added. The department is conducting a campaign to educate the local people and raise awareness against illegal fishing with the use of poison.
According to the local people, some people engage in illegal fishing early morning to avoid being caught. Local fishermen noticed the decreasing fish resources three years ago.—Htut Htut (Ye)