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Issue No:84
  • :0976 1121
  • :December
  • :2020

Samudra Report No.84, December 2020


Myanmar / SSF Guidelines

Spreading the Net

A planned national network will share information and knowledge on the SSF Guidelines to a wider audience of fishery-related stakeholders

This article is by Bobby (, Chief Executive Officer, Network Activities Group (NAG), Myanmar

In Myanmar, limited access to natural resources and financial capital has resulted in many fisherfolk struggling to maintain even basic living standards. They are left with little opportunity to move out of poverty; this also undermines the sustainable management of fishing grounds. These uncertain conditions have driven the migration of small-scale fishing communities to work as casual labour in cities as well as forced them to join the raft fishing industry as fishworkers.

To promote the rights of small-scale fisheries (SSF) in the delta, the Network Activities Group (NAG), a Myanmar-based non-governmental organization (NGO), worked on a project in 2018-2019 to strengthen the capacity of small-scale fishing communities by focusing on the SSF Guidelines with the help of the International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF). Five key activities followed, which are: one, review of the existing fishery co-management plans of the project’s targeted zones; two, capacity...

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