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Research vessel Dr .Fridjof Nansen visits Myanmar
Sep 13, 2018 Source : Daily Eleven
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The research vessel named Dr .Fridjof Nansen will carry out research works in Myanmar waters. The vessel will explore more in detail about fish resources in Rakhine coastal areas, Ayeyawaddy delta and the Taninthayi coast. To welcome the arrival of Dr. Fridjof Nansen research vessel, a ceremony was held at the Myanmar Industrial Port in Merchant Road in Yangon on September 12. Present on the occasion were Minister for Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation Dr. Aung Thu, Yangon Region Chief Minister Phyo Min Thein and diplomats from foreign embassies and invited guests.
        Under the supervision of Myanmar Fisheries Department, Dr. Fridjof Nansen is carrying out their research in Rakhine coastal areas, Ayeyawaddy delta and Taninthayi coast from August 24 to September 29. Other research works to be included in 2018 are measuring of Biomass, research on salt water, research on plastic pollution in sea, distribution of egg and larvae.
        The research vessel from August 24 to September 11 has been doing research work in Rakhine coastal areas, and Ayeyawaddy delta. It docked at Myanmar Industrial Port in September 11. Research work at the Taninthayi coastal areas will be continued on September 14 to September 29. It will leave Myanmar after its research work via Kawthaung and will head to Thailand. The study is the fifth of its kind to be conducted in Myanmar. Starting in 1979, the Fisheries Department has conducted the survey to update data that includes fish biomass in the country’s waters, maximum sustainable fish yields and ocean currents. The second survey was conducted from March to April in 1980 while a third survey was conducted from 13 November to 19 December in 2013.The fourth survey was conducted from 28 April to 21 June, 2015.
        For over 40 years, FAO has been working in collaboration with the Norwegian Agency for Development cooperation and the Institute of Marine Research (IMR) of Bergen, Norway on a joint programme to strengthen national and regional knowledge of marine resources in developing countries, and to build their capacity for fisheries research and management. The resulting EAF-Nansen Programme carries this out largely through the operation of a marine research vessel, the R/V Dr Fridtjof Nansen.
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