Balochistan Fisheries Development


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

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Balochistan Fisheries Development

  1. 1. COMPETITIVENESS SUPPORT FUND Balochistan Coastal Fisheries: Present Situation & Future Development
  2. 2. <ul><li>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 </li></ul><ul><li>Recommendations were made for the possible development at the ports of Gwadar and Pasni </li></ul><ul><li>Balochistan has seen a steady decline in the annual catch at its Fisheries </li></ul>Introduction : Balochistan Fisheries Balochistan Province
  3. 3. Decreases in Annual Catch
  4. 4. Current Situation <ul><li>There is a negligible level of regulation of the fishing industry in Balochistan </li></ul><ul><li>The management has been preoccupied with increasing the yield of the annual catch </li></ul><ul><li>This approach is based on the false assumption that the full potential of the annual yield has yet to be realized </li></ul><ul><li>CSF’s independent assessment shows that there is significant over fishing done by boats from Balochistan </li></ul><ul><li>This over fishing has resulted in substantial decreases in the annual catch as fishing resources are depleted </li></ul>
  5. 5. Gwadar : Fishing Communities at Risk <ul><li>Direct shipping of fresh fish out of Gwadar by air offers a significant opportunity for fish exporters </li></ul><ul><li>But the Gwadar Development Authority (GDA) has not incorporated the local fishing communities into its future development plans </li></ul><ul><li>Fishing is going to be pushed out to the neighbouring towns of Pishukan and Surbandar . </li></ul><ul><li>If the GDA forces out the local fishing community a major social upheaval will take place. </li></ul><ul><li>Forcing the fisherman out of Gwadar will not improve fishing practices in Balochistan and may even serve to undermine it further </li></ul>
  6. 6. Pasni Harbour : Not Much Longer <ul><li>Pasni harbour has silted up. It will be un-usable within 3 years. </li></ul><ul><li>The cost of dredging will be $2 million. These costs will increase if immediate action is not taken. </li></ul><ul><li>Large ships that once stopped in the Harbour from Sindh have already stopped coming. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Changing Direction <ul><li>Key Issues </li></ul><ul><li>Increased fishing is depleting the annual fishing yields which will have an adverse effect on coastal communities </li></ul><ul><li>There is inadequate management of the fishing industry in Balochistan without regulation and proper management the industry will not be able to survive </li></ul><ul><li>Key Solutions </li></ul><ul><li>Harvest the marine resources of Balochistan in a sustainable manner , ensuring that the resources remain for the benefit of future generations </li></ul><ul><li>Enhance institutional capacity so that the GoB can assist and guide the development of the fisheries sector </li></ul><ul><li>Develop a fleet of vessels capable of exploiting the resources responsibly </li></ul><ul><li>Make the support of commercial fisheries a prime objective. Move toward investment in the capture and processing sectors. </li></ul><ul><li>Promote post-harvest activities and trade so as to add value to the existing catch </li></ul>
  8. 8. Implementation : The Way Forward <ul><li>5 Essential Steps </li></ul><ul><li>Update/modify the fisheries laws of the Province </li></ul><ul><li>Seek the assistance of overseas bodies/donors for the training and skills shortage </li></ul><ul><li>Stop issuing new vessel licenses </li></ul><ul><li>Investigate the possibility of obtaining funds from a suitable donor to initiate Community Based Management with Communities along the coast. </li></ul><ul><li>GoB must ensure funding for the dredging of Pasni Harbour </li></ul>
  9. 9. 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”