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Pakistan Fisherfolk Forum to initiate drive against deep-sea fishing trawlers August 24,2020   |  Source: News International

The Pakistan Fisherfolk Forum has vowed to initiate a campaign against deep-sea fishing trawlers spotted near the Karachi Port Trust.

Held at Ibrahim Hyderi on Friday, an organisational meeting was headed by Chairman Muhammad Ali Shah in which it was discussed that the federal government had once again begun to process licenses for deep-sea vessels under a policy to fish in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) around 20 miles off the coast in Sindh and Balochistan.

Around a dozen trawlers are parked around the KPT, the meeting was informed. Since a policy on deep-sea fishing had not been approved, an inquiry should be conducted to find out who had allowed the deep-sea trawlers to stay in Pakistani waters, the meeting demanded.

They questioned when fish stocks were so much depleted, around 72 per cent, then why there was a deep-sea fishing policy in the making.

Shah said the expansion of fishing into the deep sea was a grave threat to the livelihood of small fishers and marine ecology. “Therefore, it is a violation of national laws and international commitments. If the provincial assemblies have not approved the policy then it is also a violation of the constitution.”

He said since the ecology of territorial waters and livelihoods in provinces would be harmed

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

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