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