BRIEF - No plan to ban offshore fishing

Acknowledging a decline of fishery resources, Deputy Livestock Breeding and Fisheries Minister Aung Myat Oo announced that offshore fishing will not be banned in the immediate future, as it would lead to a steep decline in exports and jobs, knocking some 60,000 workers off the industry’s employment count. The Minister noted, however, that while it used to take only 15-20 days to fill a boat load, unregulated overfishing has stretched the time to 45-60 days to complete a load.