Seminar on World Fisheries Day
National Centre for Maritime Policy Research (NCMPR) celebrated World Fisheries Day by organizing a seminar on21st of November, 2015 at Bahria University Karachi Campus. The theme of the seminar was “Challenges and Opportunities in Maintenance of Sustainable Fisheries in Pakistan.”
Commander Karachi Vice Admiral Syed Arifullah Hussaini HI(M) T Bt was the Chief Guest of the seminar. Ex-Additional Secretary, Live Stock & Fisheries Department,Mr. Waheed Ahmed, Technical Advisor of Marine Fisheries WWF Mr. Moazzam Khan and Director Operations Pakistan Maritime Security Agency Commander Ateequr Rehman Abid were the notable speakers.
The objectives set forth for this seminar were; to share information about maritime fisheries, identify constraints in sustainability of fisheries sector of Pakistan and highlight the issues related to the management for conservation of fisheries resources.
Mr. Waheed Ahmed highlighted issues related to the Regulation and Policy Framework – Challenges for the Sustainable Fisheries Development and elaborated the reasons for it. Mr. Moazzam Khan explained the Impact of climate change on fisheries resources and the scope of fisheries in Indian Oceans. Commander Ateequr Rehman Abid illustrated the Role of PMSA in the sustainable management of marine fisheries.
Commodore Dr. Ihsan Qadir SI (M), Director NCMPR, highlighted importance of fisheries sector in his welcome address. He remarked that “In the world ranking of fish producing countries, Pakistan stands at 28th position. The worth of our sea food industry is estimated to be $ 1.2 billion. In year 2014, fish catch was recorded about 250,000 mt. yet the contribution of the marine fisheries sector to the national economy is currently not as significant vis-à-vis its potential. It is noteworthy that poaching by foreign fishing boasts causes substantial economic loss to the Pakistan Economy.”
The Chief Guest while addressing audience highlighted the problems related to fisheries sector including the use of small mesh nets, pollution, lack of awareness and coordination amongst stakeholders. He emphasized that, “There is the need to take stakeholders on board in order to solve problems pertaining to fisheries and eventually things will get better with better strategy and coordination.”
In his concluding remarks, Director General NCMPR Vice Admiral (Retd) Khawaja Ghazanfar Hussain HI(M) thanked worthy participants of the event. He further mentioned that the Development of fisheries sector is one of the good opportunities for Pakistan to generate substantial economic growth. This sector can contribute directly and indirectly in increasing national income, jobs opportunities and exports.
The event was attended by various prominent Dignitaries, Naval Officers, Government Officials, Marine Scientists, Intellectuals, Researchers, representative of Fishermen community from Sindh, Baluchistan and stakeholders of Fisheries Sectors.