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Inle’s aquatic life

 

For centuries endemic fish and the iconic Inthar fishermen have co-existed on the lake and we want it to stay that way.

Inthar means ‘sons of the lake’, and the Inthar fisherman, perched on the back of his teak canoe holding his conical bamboo net (saung) and harpoon,(hmein) while rowing with his other leg, has long been an iconic image of the people of Inle and Myanmar.

At least 15 species of fish found nowhere but here swim below the surface, and yet more are only found in Shan State. The most famous is the Inle Carp (cyprinus carpio intha), known as nya-phein, which has a symbolic status for the Inthar.

Both of these unique phenomena are now heavily at risk.

The relatively recent arrival of cheap diesel engines and synthetic drifting nets is rendering ancient and sustainable techniques obsolete.

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Historic fish stocks are depleted and all endemic species, as well as many historic species, are facing extinction due to modern fishing, recently introduced invasive species and lake water quality.
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We see this as a critical time for protecting and nurturing the lake traditions and wildlife that define our identity and our shared heritage.
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Aquarium

 

In the aquarium you can learn about old endemic fish of the lake, the ‘invaders’ – newly introduced fish that are threatening their ecosystem – and other threats to the lake habitat

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Turtles

 

The lake also play home to an interesting mix of reptiles. Alongside our fish we have two small turtle enclosures to learn about this area of the lake fauna.

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Fisherman’s Hut

 

Here you can learn about the unique tools that the Inthar fisherman have for generations used to fish with. Their ‘saung’ and ‘hmein’ and the process they use to lure, trap and catch with.