SURVEY REPORT ON DEMERSAL FISHERY RESOURCES LIVING IN UN-TRAWLABLE AREA IN RAKHINE FISHING GROUND OF MYANMAR USING BOTTOM VERTICAL LONGLINE (23 – 30 January 2009)
Since 2006, SEAFDEC had conducted Demersal Fishery Resources Living in Untrawlable Fishing Grounds in Southeast Asian Waters using MV.SEAFDEC2 and using other research vessels in collaboration with the Member Countries. This aims to evaluate on the potential resources of economically important species in the un‐trawl able areas. The survey areas will be focused in the EEZ of member countries and/or trans‐bordering areas particularly in the un‐trawlable fishing grounds. Rakhine fishing ground of Myanmar is one of the target survey areas where still lacking information considering an un‐trawlable fishing area. It characteristic is a narrow continental shelf with the rocky area. It is therefore not suitable for trawling but there is still a possibility for other fishing gear such as bottom vertical longline. It is envisaged that the survey result will be analyzed together with the data collected from other un‐trawlable areas in the region.