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Migratory patterns of Hilsa shad in the Myanmar Ayeyarwady delta. Lessons for fisheries management

Hilsa shad is one of the most important fisheries in Myanmar, providing livelihoods and nutrition to thousands of vulnerable communities. However, overfishing and habitat destruction are putting at risk the sustainability of the fishery. This study aims to expand the knowledge of the ecology of the hilsa fishery, by discussing the seasonality and preferred routes of this migratory fish. This information will help inform policy interventions as to where and when fishery closures are most cost efficient, in order to maximise the reproductivity of the stock and ensure its long-term sustainability.

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Introducing incentive-based fisheries management in Myanmar's Ayeyarwady Delta will protect fish stocks, safeguard biodiversity and help protect the livelihoods of local fishing communities.

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