Protecting the Rights of Fishermen: World Fisheries Day

On 21 November 2014, the Marine Fisheries Department, within the ambit of the Federal Government, FAO and EU-funded TRTA II programme jointly celebrated World Fisheries Day 2014. The theme this year was: Protecting the Rights Based Approach for Fishermen.

The event coved numerous aspects related to fishing, from the stock assessment, carried out by FAO, to conservation of the fisheries, the aquatic ecosystem, mangroves and of course, the role of the TRTA II progamme is assisting the government of Pakistan to re-open the EU market for fish exports.

Numerous fishermen from Sindh and Baluchistan participated in the event and voiced their concerns over depletion of fish stocks impacting their livelihoods.

The FAO representative, Mr. Paul Fanning and the TRTA II CTA, Mr. Bruno Valanzuolo, emphasized the need to not only control illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing, but also to enforce greater controls on legal fishing to prevent over fishing, use of correct mesh sized nets and TED (Turtle Excluder Device) nets.

The event was also sponsored by a local news agency (Dunya News) and given wide media coverage

Participants at World Fisheries Day
Participants at World Fisheries Day
Mr. Waseem Khan of the MFD welcoming participations to the WFD. Seated at the head table are Paul Fanning (FAO), Shaukat Hussain (DG NFD) and Bruno Valanzuolo (TRTA II-CTA)
Mr. Waseem Khan of the MFD welcoming participations to the WFD. Seated at the head table are Paul Fanning (FAO), Shaukat Hussain (DG NFD) and Bruno Valanzuolo (TRTA II-CTA)
Secretary Fisheries (Sindh) addressing participants on WFD – 2014
Secretary Fisheries (Sindh) addressing participants on WFD – 2014
1TRTA II Programme Office, Dr. Ali Abbas Qazilbash highlighting TRTA II interventions in the fisheries sector
1TRTA II Programme Office, Dr. Ali Abbas Qazilbash highlighting TRTA II interventions in the fisheries sector
TRTA II stall at WFD-2014 manned by Mr. Zafar Imam of the MFD
TRTA II stall at WFD-2014 manned by Mr. Zafar Imam of the MFD