According to local fishermen, fishing in Indawgyi Lake,

which is located in Mohnyin Township in Kachin State, has decreased year after year.

A local Indawgyi Lake fisherman claims that the catch is decreasing annually in comparison to about a decade ago.

He stated, “Fish catching is declining year by year.” I used to work more than 20 to 30 hours per day about a decade ago. Ten hours a day is extremely uncommon in today’s world. I typically only get three to four pounds. Furthermore, there will be more fishermen. They used to only hunt for food while working in the fields in the past. A local fisherman stated, “There are now more commercial fishermen.”

Fishing in Indawgyi Lake is currently not a problem because they only have to pay boat tax and no inn tax.

“The anglers are from the towns around the lake. Anyone you want can be detained. There is, indeed, no tax. Boat tax must be paid by you. annually, about 7,000 kyats. It’s convenient because the boat tax right now isn’t too high. It will not work if it grows later. Since, supposing that the catch goes down and the boat charge goes up, it will be challenging for the greater part of individuals who get it to be from the grassroots.”

There are numerous endemic fish species in Indawgyi Lake. The most common items are fish fillets and fish bait.

Myanmar’s largest natural lake, Indawgyi Lake, was listed as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 2017 and designated as a Ramsar site—an important international wetland, particularly for waterfowl habitats.