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Last diary from R/V Dr. Fridtjof Nansen

Even good things have to come to an end and now the Myanmar cruise with R/V Dr. Fridtjof Nansen is over. We have been at sea for 6 weeks and it has been an amazing survey in many ways. We have seen an astonishing biodiversity of fish with wonderful colours and remarkable shapes. We have conducted 150 trawl hauls, 100 plankton hauls and 200 environmental stations (salinity, temperature, fluorescence and oxygen). We have taken more than 500 high resolution pictures of all the fish and crustaceans species caught and we have preserved some fish for further species identification.

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5. diary: Good timing of the survey

This is the fifth report from the Dr. Fridtjof Nansen survey in Myanmar. This week Mya Than Tun would like to give a more detailed description of the fisheries and fishery management in Myanmar.

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4. diary: FAO reception

After 3 weeks at sea, Dr. Fridtjof Nansen arrived in Yangon to change scientific personnel and to take part in a reception, organized and hosted by the representative of the Food and Agriculture Organization to the Union of Myanmar.

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3. diary: The new dawn of Myanmar

This is the third report from the Dr. Fridtjof Nansen survey in Myanmar. We are right now in the central part of the Delta region. For the two last days we have had gale wind and quite some swell while a cyclone was passing the Andaman island south of us. Today the sun is shining and yesterdays hardship forgotten. This week’s diary is written by two of the scientists onboard, Prof. San Tha Tun, Myeik University and Dr. Htun Thein, Department of Fisheries, working with plankton and fish sampling respectively. They bring some thoughts about the new dawn of Myanmar.

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2. diary: A dream comes true

Everyone has a dream? During childhood or when young, all people has a dream! Some people can make their dream come true, some not, and some enjoy life and adapt to their environment.

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Dr. Fridtjof Nansen surveying the waters of Myanmar

The EAF-Nansen project has returned to Myanmar after 33 years.  Four surveys with the old research vessel Dr. Fridtjof Nansen was carried out in the period 1979-1980 in cooperation with Burmese Government, Institute of Marine Research and FAO. The partners are the same now, although the country Burma has now changed its name to Myanmar. In addition, we have with us the BOBLME, the Bay of Bengal Large Marine Ecosystem project.  Myanmar is the largest fishing nation in the Bay of Bengal region. Total marine catches are uncertain but estimates ranges as high as 1.3 – 1.8 million tons y-1. The wild fish sector contributes around 10 % to the GDP and large part of the human population finds their livelihood in this sector.

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