WWF Pakistan, communities and govt come together for fisheries

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KARACHI: In a project based operation, the World Wife Fund (Pakistan), communities in Sindh and the government came together on the same page to protect and project importance on fisheries.

A seminar was held at the Pearl-Continental Hotel in Karachi on Wednesday where representatives of the three communities were present and spoke about the impact of the project on the communities in Sindh.

“The success of this project is unprecedented,” said one of the speakers at the event. “Aquaculture and fishing is the need of the hour. We need to pay attention to this problem,” he added.

The speaker said that it was time that Pakistan lay emphasis on its aquaculture so that it was able to expand its exports and earn more foreign exchange for the country. He also emphasized the need on protecting fisheries in Sindh since they were the main source of Pakistan’s exports.

“Our fresh sea exports are derived 60 percent from the waters of Sindh,” he said. “Hence, we need to do more than that and we need to protect the waters of Sindh so that we get more export,” he added.

Another speaker, a native of interior Sindh, praised the government and the WWF’s collaborative project that helped them make it a success for the people of interior Sindh.

“The project has had a lot of success,” he said. “With the help of the collaboration between the WWF and Sindh Government, we have been able to teach the locals how to make insulated boxes and fake ice,” he added.

The speaker said that unfortunately due to the presence of so many intermediaries, the fisherman did not get the fair price for his product.

“From the time the fish is made to the retailer and distributor, the final customer does not pay a huge price for the fish,” he said. “This is due to the fact that in the marketing link, there are so may intermediaries. The fisherman never gets the price he deserves and hence he stays poor. We need to come up with a system that has less and less intermediaries,” he added.

He called on the government and the WWF Pakistan to work together to farm fish ‘in the right direction’ as it feeds the people of the country.

“We also need to protect our waters, our lakes,” he added. “Manchar lake has a lot of fish. This feeds the local populace there. Let’s save these lakes to save our people,” he added.