During the review meeting of deep sea fishing problems, Sindh Environment Secretary Baqaullah Unar has expressed his profound concern for fast reducing marine resources.
We have all the relevant laws in system need is the imposition of a letter and spirit,” Unar observed. The secretary underscored the need for improved coordination among all concerned departments.
Pakistan Maritime Security Agency, Fisheries Department, Pakistan Customs, Boat Manufacturing Association, and Karachi Water, Sewerage Board, and concerned stakeholders participated in the meeting.
Commander Amjad Rais, PMSA Director Operations, briefed to participants of meeting that the security agency playing a vital role in the implementation of deep sea fishing policy and monitors licensed foreign and local fishing trawlers. For the protection of local fishermen’s interest for 12 to 20 nautical miles buffer zone where no foreign fishing is allowed. Foreign trawlers destroy unwanted stock of fish and responsible for transshipment that results in adverse implications on the ecosystem.
“No license under Deep-Sea Fishing Policy was issued since 2006 by the government. Use of fine net results in 70 to 80% young fish and shrimp caught. Around 70% marine resources are exhausted reported in stock assignment”, Mahar observed.
He said the fisheries department is just trying to have a one-window operation to facilitate all concerned stakeholders. The participants suggested the provincial fisheries department to extend the two-month fishing ban by another month to conserve marine life including shrimps and fish.
The International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources Pakistan’s representative advised that proper placement of Turtle Exclusive Device (TED) on trawlers.
“After 31 July 2017, the PMSA will not allow any trawler without a proper TED to sail into the sea’, said the PMSA representative while responding to the suggestion.
Dr. Ali Raza, Pakistan Customs Deputy Commissioner said that a ban on illegal fishing can be effective only if its implementation is properly followed. He asked for coordination committee to see all the matters of illegal fishing. He also added in discussion the matter of confiscated boats, treatment plants etc. He also said no new licenses for registration of new boats so that local boat industry can grow.