Centre-Sindh tug of war hampering progress in fisheries’ sector: Ali Zaidi

KARACHI: Listing the multiple challenges Islamic Republic of Pakistan faces within the fisheries sector at an occasion control at a edifice here on Monday, Federal Minister for Maritime Affairs Syed Ali Haider Zaidi aforementioned “the tug of war” between the federal and also the provincial [Sindh] government was a significant impediment to fisheries’ development. He emphatic the requirement for operating along.

He was speaking at the gap ceremony of the twenty second session of the Scientific Committee of Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC) during which officers from sixteen countries square measure collaborating.

It’s the primary IOTC scientific meeting being control in Islamic Republic of Pakistan, that became a member of the commission in 1995, and can conclude on Fri.

Though speaking at a world forum, the minister minced no words in acceptive that the operating relationship between the federal and Sindh governments was poor and moving body functions.
“The tug of war [over shared marine resources existing in separate jurisdictions] between the federal and also the provincial [Sindh] governments is one amongst the most important challenges,” the minister aforementioned, adding that functioning of governments junction rectifier by 2 totally different political parties created things robust.

The minister regretted that the provincial government checked out the federal government’s initiatives for fisheries’ development as “intrusion” in its affairs and underscored the requirement for operating along.

“Pakistan incorporates a nice potential within the fisheries sector and cooperation can profit all,” he said.

The minister conjointly spoke concerning growing pollution moving the river, the coast and also the ocean and aforementioned continued discharge of untreated waste matter into the ocean had “destroyed the fisheries sector”.

“This hasn’t solely vulnerable marine life however conjointly humans, particularly in Sindh. we have a tendency to should fix this drawback as a nation,” he said, adding that a shortage of trained human resource and big encroachment of Karachi Port Trust’s land — concerning eighty per cent of its total land — were matters that required to be self-addressed.

“The country had no fisheries commissioner for a decade and it had been solely recently that someone has been appointed on this post,” he said.

Sindh and Balochistan have management over body of water up to twelve transportation miles from the coast whereas the federal government’s jurisdiction is two hundred transportation miles, known as the exclusive economic zone. there’s a buffer zone of eight transportation miles between the 2 jurisdictions.

The ceremony was conjointly self-addressed by IOTC scientific committee chair Dr Shiham Adam, IOTC secretarial assistant Dr Chris O’ Brien and commissioner of fisheries Dr Safia Mushtaq.

Talking to Dawn concerning the importance of IOTC meeting in Karachi, officers of the planet Wide Fund for Nature-Pakistan (WWF-P), acting as associate observer at the meeting, explained that tuna stocks within the Indian Ocean were in danger of terminal decline unless important and speedy enhancements were created to fisheries management.

The environmental organisation, they said, was vocation on IOTC scientists to produce a transparent and sturdy set of recommendations to halt the sinister development of stocks, significantly of tuna.

The recommendations in agreement by the scientific committee on are going to be thought-about at a gathering of IOTC Commission in Gregorian calendar month 2020, wherever a brand new management arrange are going to be adopted.

About the meeting’s importance from Pakistan’s perspective, Mohammad Moazzam Khan, technical consultant on marine resources at the WWF-P, aforementioned a very important event highlight was discussion on Pakistan’s information on its tuna fisheries.

“If members realize it satisfactory, they’ll suggest constant for approval to the commission. one amongst the 9 IOTC operating parties has already supported the info,” he said.

There square measure sixteen tuna and tuna-like species within the Indian Ocean. The meeting is being attended by officers from countries as well as Indonesia, Kenya, Madagascar, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, India, EC, Iran, the Maldives, France and United Republic of Tanzania.

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