Destruction of fish habitat to affect 59m people: Experts

Aquaculture scientists and fisheries’ experts of the SAARC member countries Tuesday termed the destruction of fish habitat, pollution, siltation, logging and mining were posing threat to the fisheries and aqua life across the globe. They were sharing their views at a three-day consultation meeting on Small Scale fisheries in South Asia which was jointly organized by Ministry of National Food Security and Research in collaboration with SAARC Agriculture Center and  Pakistan Agriculture Research Council.
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They said lack of community-based traditional, cooperation, assistance, trade unions and co-management regime for the greater legitimacy and ownership were the other challenges faced by the fisheries sector and halting their growth. They said fisheries sector was working like engine of economic growth and its world wide trade was recorded at US$ 171 billion annually, whereas South Asia was exporting fish and fish products worth US$ 6.5 billion within 4 percent year on year growth.
They said if the appropriate measures were not taken to mitigate the challenges faced by the fisheries and aqua sector, it could affect the source of livelihood of about 59.6 million people across the world alone in South Asia, over 50 million people would directly be affected.
They said per capita fish consumption was recorded at 1.9 kg in Pakistan, Nepal 1.6 kg, Bangladesh 21 kg, India 9.2 kg and Sri Lanka 15.8 kg.
The event was aimed at promoting aquaculture and fish farming across the SAARC region by sharing the expertise  and knowledge of each others to promote livelihood of small scale fish farmers to strengthen food safety and security in the region particularly of the small scale and landless farmers.
Speaking on the occasion, Director SAARC Agriculture Center informed that prime objective of the SAARC center was to collect and disseminate the information among the member states, capacity building, programs on skill
Director SAARC Agriculture Center said the center had prioritized 20 programme for the region covering all spheres of fisheries and aquaculture and initiated fish biodiversity management in trans boundary rivers and climate change impact.
Addressing the meeting, PARC Chairman Dr Yousuf Zafar said that 5 delegates form the members states were participating the consultation and there was a consensus among the Sri Lanka-Bangladesh to share their experiences with Pakistan to promote the aquaculture sector of the country.
Senior Scientific Officer of PARC Dr Rehana said the council was providing technical assistance to the fish farmers to promote the fish farming in the country as it was a major source of protein for human consumption.
She said soil testing, water testing, suitable species for different ecology were provided by the PARC to the farmers intended to fish farming free of cost to promote and develop the fisheries sector in the country.

How to Start an Aquaculture Business

Aquaculture, which is the cultivating of fish, shellfish and amphibian plants, can be a compensating attempt for somebody who will contribute the time expected to completely take in his item. Working a fish cultivate requires a decent arrangement of physical work to build and keep up a perfect natural surroundings and information of the species’ sustaining propensities and reproducing designs. Before you make a plunge, you’ll require a definite marketable strategy.

Research different types of fish, on the off chance that you don’t as of now have a specific fish as a main priority that you might want to cultivate, to figure out which species would charge best in your general vicinity. Notwithstanding ubiquity and accessibility, you’ll have to guarantee that you can recreate those conditions expected to raise your fish. Furthermore, consider foreseen costs, what you can hope to offer the fish for, customers and expected benefits.

• Learn everything there is to think about the species you expect to cultivate. Read writing on rearing examples, sustaining necessities, perfect conditions for reproducing, perfect conditions for grown-up fish and development time and in addition ailments and savagery issues.

• Find a reasonable territory for your fish that has the proper water temperature and water stream conditions and acquire zoning endorsement. Actualize a framework for lodging your fish and a wastewater treatment strategy. Cultivating frameworks incorporate confines and pens, lakes or course through frameworks, tanks and raceways and recycling frameworks.

• Contact the Sustenance and Medication Organization, Branch of Wellbeing and Human Administration, the Division of Agribusiness and the Natural Security Office to acquire the fundamental licenses. You’ll have to show learning of water quality, wastewater, malady control, pesticides, sustain, angle shipment and nourishment security.

• Hire an authorized temporary worker experienced in planning fish homesteads to enable you to outline your ranch and generation framework.

• Stock your homestead with eggs and grown-up angle, contingent upon your financial plan and the measure of time you will sit tight for your fish to achieve adulthood.

• Market your fish to nearby eateries, supermarkets and the individuals who appreciate recreational angling, in the event that you will enable local people to angle on your property.

1st seafood consignment to EU

Friday, 26 July 2013

Zubair Ahmed Malik, President of the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry has expressed pleasure on the clearance of the first export consignment of Pakistani seafood to the European Union after a lapse of six years, which is a positive sign for the export of shrimp and fish products from Pakistan. 1st seafood consignment to EU: President FPCCI lauds clearanceZubair Ahmed Malik said that he expected that the removal of the ban would have a significant impact on Pakistan’s exports of seafood to the European Union, and other premium markets. He congratulated the two companies which had received clearance from EU for their consignments and hoped that other seafood suppliers would also receive clearance for their produce in the imminent future.-PR

Source: Business Recorder

New fisheries minister faces major challenges

Saturday, July 20, 2013

The challenges of fisheries sector are aggravating for the lack of official priority to settle them on a permanent basis, as the hostile environment is all set to test the new fisheries minister’s abilities to deal with the unattended problems. The former Sindh Fisheries Minister, Zahid Ali Bhurgari left behind a number of key environmental and administrative problems for his successor Jam Khan Shoro to deal with them. New fisheries minister faces major challengesThe new minister has to take a number of strict measures at first to streamline the operations at the most irregular sector. “The issue of unabated landing of trash fish and shrimp at fish harbour, the use of destructive nets, fishing in Balochistan waters, FCS lease, drugs and other illegal activities, implementation of master plan etc are the major challenges which the new minister will have to deal with,” fisheries official said.
The government has fixed minimum mesh size for fish and shrimp catch but the fisheries department failed to implement it to avoid growing trash landing of seafood. The destructive nets have been banned in Sindh coast but are being openly used by the strong boat owners in deep sea and sea-lords in creeks, officials added.
Several fishermen were injured and one of them was killed by Balochistan levies inside the provincial waters, officials said, adding that the new minister will have to negotiate with his counterpart to end the violence against his province fishermen. At the fish harbor drugs and other illegal activities like theft continue in the face of authorities, they said, adding the outlaws have to be brought to justice to make the fish harbor a peaceful and conducive seafood business center
There is also an issue of leasing plots to fishermen co-operative society, which dues have grown phenomenally for the last several years. The minister will have to press the FCS to recover the dues. The bigger challenge for Jam Khan Shoro will be the implementation of master plan to develop the fish harbor on modern lines. The evacuation of unauthorised businesses for the harbour and leasing of plots on merit to interested firms, he has to do to make headway for enforcement of master plan.

Source: Business Recorder