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The 10th regular session of the Second Pyithu Hluttaw concluded yesterday in Nay Pyi Taw following discussion of several issues.

Results of marine fish stocks survey expected to be released in May, 2019

At yesterday meeting, U Aung Sein of Dawei constituency asked Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation about the survey of the marine fish stocks by a team of Norwegian scientists in the Myanmar waters.

In reply to the questions, Deputy Minister for the Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation U Hla Kyaw said experts from the Norway and Myanmar conducted research on microplastics in the sea of Myanmar.

However, the results of the survey is being reviewed by the Food and Agriculture Organization in accordance with its rules and regulations and the results are expected to be released in May next year, he added.

Based on the results of the 2018 survey by the experts, the ministry would carry out better  management for the fish stocks in the sea by re-designating the no fishing seasons and no fishing zones and for supplying safe fish to the people.

“At present, microplastics pollution in the sea has affected the marine resource in the sea. This situation can impact the fishery sector and tourism. Meanwhile, it is difficult to get export market for fish caught in the sea due to microplastics,” said the deputy minister.

The information collected during the survey would be useful for the ministry to raise awareness against plastic pollution in the effort to help plastic waste in Myanmar, he added.

The expedition team comprises six scientists from Norway, eight experts from the Fisheries Department, three faculty members from universities in Yangon, Myeik and Mawlamyine and a naval officer, the department said, adding that the fishery survey is planned to be conducted in the country’s waters and Exclusive Economic Zone.

They conducted two types of research measuring microplastics particles in the water and microplastics contamination in fish.

Microplastics are threatening the world, and this is the first time they have been measured and researched in Myanmar.

The ship, RV Dr. Fridtjof Nansen – which is named after a famous Norwegian explorer, diplomat, humanitarian and Nobel Peace Prize laureate – conducted a month-long study of fish resources and the marine ecosystem off Rakhine State  and Ayeyarwady Region.

In the yesterday meeting, Pyithu Hluttaw International Relations Committee’s report was discussed by MPs and representatives of the Tatmadaw.

Pyithu Hluttaw also approved the report of the Pyithu Hluttaw Banks and Financial Development Affairs Committee.

In his conclusion speech to the Hluttaw, Speaker of Pyithu Hluttaw U T Khun Myat said in 17 days, a total of 127 asterisk marked questions were answered, a total 438 questions were answered. Nine proposals were submitted, three were approved and three were put on record. In the 10th regular session, Pyithu Hluttaw approved nine bills and one by-law.

In his remarks, the Speaker highlighted the role of the MPs in making laws at the parliament, stressing the need to welcome any questions and proposals submitted by any party to the Hluttaw, saying that it is the duty of the MPs to amend the laws which should be amended and enacted as part of efforts for building a federal democratic country.

He also said that Pyithu Hluttaw welcomed the announcement of the Peace Commission on 12 December, 2018, saying that Pyithu Hluttaw hoped that armed conflicts and political problems would be solved through dialogue as soon as possible.

He also wished that those ethnic armed organizations who have not yet signed the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement would be signatories to the NCA.

Speaker U T Khun Myat also called for carrying out Public Democratic Participation with the strength of the people while keeping on watch and preventing possible hindrances to the democratic transition so that it can not deviate from its course. He also urged the MPs to help check and balance with the executive and judiciary sectors when they arrived back to their constituencies, stressing the importance of non interfering in other pillars of a democracy.

Reference: GNLM

December 21, 2018