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Balochistan Fisheries Development



Project undertaken by FoodWorks consultants for the the Competitiveness Support Fund in Balochistan, Pakistan.

Project undertaken by FoodWorks consultants for the the Competitiveness Support Fund in Balochistan, Pakistan.



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  • COMPETITIVENESS SUPPORT FUND Balochistan Coastal Fisheries: Present Situation & Future Development
    • The Government of Balochistan (GoB) via the Federal Government requested the Competitiveness Support Fund (CSF) in early 2008 to investigate the potential of fisheries in the province
    • Recommendations were made for the possible development at the ports of Gwadar and Pasni
    • Balochistan has seen a steady decline in the annual catch at its Fisheries
    Introduction : Balochistan Fisheries Balochistan Province
  • Decreases in Annual Catch
  • Current Situation
    • There is a negligible level of regulation of the fishing industry in Balochistan
    • The management has been preoccupied with increasing the yield of the annual catch
    • This approach is based on the false assumption that the full potential of the annual yield has yet to be realized
    • CSF’s independent assessment shows that there is significant over fishing done by boats from Balochistan
    • This over fishing has resulted in substantial decreases in the annual catch as fishing resources are depleted
  • Gwadar : Fishing Communities at Risk
    • Direct shipping of fresh fish out of Gwadar by air offers a significant opportunity for fish exporters
    • But the Gwadar Development Authority (GDA) has not incorporated the local fishing communities into its future development plans
    • Fishing is going to be pushed out to the neighbouring towns of Pishukan and Surbandar .
    • If the GDA forces out the local fishing community a major social upheaval will take place.
    • Forcing the fisherman out of Gwadar will not improve fishing practices in Balochistan and may even serve to undermine it further
  • Pasni Harbour : Not Much Longer
    • Pasni harbour has silted up. It will be un-usable within 3 years.
    • The cost of dredging will be $2 million. These costs will increase if immediate action is not taken.
    • Large ships that once stopped in the Harbour from Sindh have already stopped coming.
  • Changing Direction
    • Key Issues
    • Increased fishing is depleting the annual fishing yields which will have an adverse effect on coastal communities
    • There is inadequate management of the fishing industry in Balochistan without regulation and proper management the industry will not be able to survive
    • Key Solutions
    • Harvest the marine resources of Balochistan in a sustainable manner , ensuring that the resources remain for the benefit of future generations
    • Enhance institutional capacity so that the GoB can assist and guide the development of the fisheries sector
    • Develop a fleet of vessels capable of exploiting the resources responsibly
    • Make the support of commercial fisheries a prime objective. Move toward investment in the capture and processing sectors.
    • Promote post-harvest activities and trade so as to add value to the existing catch
  • Implementation : The Way Forward
    • 5 Essential Steps
    • Update/modify the fisheries laws of the Province
    • Seek the assistance of overseas bodies/donors for the training and skills shortage
    • Stop issuing new vessel licenses
    • Investigate the possibility of obtaining funds from a suitable donor to initiate Community Based Management with Communities along the coast.
    • GoB must ensure funding for the dredging of Pasni Harbour
  • Thank You* * For a more in depth look at the Fishing Industry in Balochistan please request a copy of the CSF’s “Balochistan Fisheries Development Study: Options for Balochistan Coastal Fisheries and Aquaculture”