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Pakistan fishermen demand five-year ban on trawling along sea floor March 08,2012   |  Source: The International News

Fishermen of the inland waters of Punjab, Khyber Pukhtunkhwa, Balochistan and Sindh have demanded to phase out bottom trawling from territorial waters for the next five years. The fishermen’s request is prompted by the negative impacts that bottom trawling has on marine ecology, biodiversity and marine fishery resources.

Representatives of the fishing community from all four provinces attended the national workshop, which was organized by the Pakistan Fisherfolk Forum (PFF). The workshop developed the “Voluntary Guidelines on Small Scale Fisheries (VG-SSF), which follows suggestions from the Food and Agriculture Organisation’s (FAO) Committee on Fisheries (COFI).

Sindh Fisheries Minister Zahid Ali Bhurgari, FAO Technical Advisor Paul Fanning, Managing Director Karachi Fisheries Harbour Authority Abdul Ghani Jokhio, Deputy Director Marine Fisheries Department Ansar A. Hashmi, Director General Balochistan Fisheries Mohammed Noor, Director Livestock and Fisheries Sindh Khawar Awan and Director Inland Fisheries Ghulam Mujtaba Wadhar, all gave their input while the suggestions were being drafted. PFF Chairperson Mohammed Ali Shah, Hussain Jarwar, Saeed Baloch, Mustafa Gurgaz, Fiza Qureshi and others also spoke on the occasion.

Fishermen from 30 different countries are

 

© The News International , 2012

Theme(s): Fishing Craft, Gear and Fishing Methods.

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