Sind relaxed ban on shrimp fishing: assembly told

Karachi: The Sind assembly was told here on Thursday that the provincial government has relaxed the ban on fishing of shrimp during the summer season.

Arif Mustafa Jatoi of National Peoples’ Party NNP during the question hour asked the Sind minister for fisheries Zahid Ahmed Bhurgari that was it a fact that the ban on shrimp fishing in summer season has been relaxed, causing severe depletion in fish stock.

The minister said that on the persistent demand of fishermen, the government of Sind has relaxed the ban on shrimp fishing in the month of June 2012 and issued such notification with the approval of the competent authority. He said there is prohibition of fishing during the month of June and July every year under the provision of section 4 of Sind Fisheries Ordinance 1980. He, however, said occasionally the ban is relaxed to one month for one month. He said keeping in view the miseries of poor fishermen a summary was moved to the Sind chief minister to impose the ban for only the month of July instead of the two months of June and July to facilitate the fishermen.

To another question of Arif Mustafa Jatoi, the minister said that during the year 2011 201011 14759 SSB Fishermen Welfare Cards were issued to enable fishermen to fish from public water areas.

To a question of Syed Khalid Ahmed of Muttahida Qaumi Movement MQM, the mister said that the number of fish farming is increasing in Sind province and some fish seed is brought by the farmers from Punjab in districts of Ghotki, Kashmore and Jacobabad because in Sind province the fish hatcheries are situated at Sukkur, Larkana, Bubak, Badin and Thatta, while the Punjab fish hatchery at Rahim Yar Khan is nearer to the fish farmers of Ghotki, Kashmore and Jacobabad districts.

To another question of Syed Khalid Ahmed, the minister said some complaints were received about the hunting of fish from Rice Canal, Nara Canal and Rohri Canal through the use of poison. He said his department conducted probe and six water samples were sent to the chemical examiner of Government of Sind Chemical Laboratory Sukkur at Rohri; however, the result of these tests were found negative.

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