El Niño forces fish firms to adopt measures against losses

THE Myanmar Fisheries Federation (MFF) on Tuesday adopted preventive and risk management measures to be followed by fish farmers to mitigate possible losses resulting from this year’s expected El Niño, pegged to be the most powerful to hit Myanmar in over 100 years.
An eight-point preparedness and response plan for farmers dealing with aquaculture business across the country was released following a meeting at the federation’s office in Yangon.
The measures storing clean water for fish and prawn ponds, to plant small shady trees around lakes, to keep a small number of fish and shrimp in the lakes, to take care of feeding, to inform respective fishery departments of fish death, to supply new water if the water in the lake cannot hold enough oxygen for fish and shrimp to survive and to send fish stocks to the market as soon as possible if possible losses are foreseen.
The preventive measures will help the fish and shrimp farming industry to reduce the impact of El Niño on the country’s fishery output which is expected to fall due to excessive heat this year, said Daw Toe Nanda Tin of the federation.
She stressed the need to take measures to reduce possible suffering and losses caused by extreme weather.
According to the MFF, fish are being farmed in a total area of 455,000 acres in the country, providing a large volume of fish stock for local consumption and export.—Thein Ko Lwin

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