News agency Eleven Myanmar reports that reforms are underway for fish farms in the country.

According to Dr. Toe Nandar Tin of the Myanmar Fishery Products Processor and Exporters Association, the reforms are geared towards modifying the techniques used by fish farms to improve their product’s market competitiveness.

She further explained that part of the reforms is the promotion of sea bass and tilapia among fish farmers as these command higher demand in both local and international markets. She added that the breeding system for growing sea bass will be reformed to resolve problems like overcrowding and starvation of the species in the fish farms.

Fish, along with rice, are Myanmar’s staple products, and the country’s aquaculture sector has produced more than 800,000 tonnes in 2010, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The FAO also identified that the commonly grown species are Rohu, common carp, and great white sheatfish. Rice bran, livestock, and agricultural by-products are typically used as supplemental feeds.

The Myanmar Times in 2013 reported a dip in the production of fish farms because of high fish death due to the heat and freshwater parasites that bred on the farms. In 2014, the US government has offered technical assistance to Myanmar in the culture and production of fresh water tilapia.

Keywords: aquaculture, fishing, fish farms