Maritime Ministry To Prepare National Plan of Action For Marine Fisheries

Ministry of Maritime Affairs (MoMA) is preparing a National Plan of Action for marine fisheries sector. This programme would address all the issues related to the compliance of IOTC obligations.

Maritime Ministry To Prepare National Plan of Action For Marine Fisheries

Federal Minister Ali Haider Zaidi said in a statement that the Ministry of Maritime Affairs (MoMA) is preparing a National Plan of Action for marine fisheries sector. This programme would address all the issues related to the compliance of Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC) obligations.

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The IOTC obligations include data collection (both on port and on board), installation of VMS on board, logbooks on-board and implementation of all the conservation management measures. “Hopefully, in the coming years Pakistan will reach to the maximum level of compliance”, he said.

He said that Ministry of Maritime Affairs was working to achieve the target of Sustainable Development Goal 14 (SDG 14) ‘Life Below Water’, to get the sustainable fisheries in the country.

In this regard, the minister thanked the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) who has provided the opportunity to transform Pakistan’s fishing gears from gill netters to long liners.

The minister said that Maritime Affairs was committed to uplifting the fisheries sector with better cooperation and coordination of all stakeholders in the country and providing a platform for guidance to provincial governments to meet international standards of the fisheries sector.

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Fishery management represents an organization consist of resources, industry market which are the basic pillars of fishery sector maintenance and these factors are interconnected with each other. If there is any irregularity to manage fish resources and their management, Government has been enforced to mediate, rightly or wrongly, to fill this space.

Economically, balanced fishery management requires the revolution of common property through a restricted entry system intended to raise net benefits from the fishery. Management planning holds goals and policy objectives and the expansion of strategies to attain policy targets.

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Studying the current condition of Pakistan’s fishing industry it determines the ecological environment of Pakistan’s fisheries and explain current developments in technology and their effect on the fish catch. The factors contributing to growth involve government efforts, fleet expansion and development of export markets.

Development strategies look for balanced, efficient utilization of marine resources for the extensive objectives of national development. Therefore, policy makers’ fisheries management perceptions and techniques are usually less effective in forwarding the need of the coastal communities.

In order to develop fisheries, Pakistan should require balanced resource management.

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