STAFF REPORT KHI: WWF-Pakistan and Engro Vopak Terminal Limited have successfully carried out a major underwater cleanup operation at Kaio Island near Karachi.
According to WWF-Pakistan, there is a global concern that coastal habitat including underwater habitats along the islands are seriously being affected by solid wastes originating from land based activities which includes accidental spillage of solid material in the sea.
Derelict fishing nets are another serious threat to underwater marine life because such nets keep on catching and killing fish and engage in ghost fishing.
Kaio Island which located near Gaddani in District Lasbela, Balochistan is ecologically a very important habitat known for diversity of the underwater marine animals. Marine life around the island is seriously affected by increasing pollution on account of accumulation of debris around the island.
Sh. Imran, CEO of Engro Vopak Terminal, stressed the need for accelerated development in energy and other sectors of economy as well as protection of the environment. Creation of awareness among general public about important habitats of ecological significance is crucial.