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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”