Sea areas in Balochistan will be divided into seven zones to stop illegal fishing
Balochistan’s 750 km sea zones would be divided into seven zones so that security agencies can take action against illegal trawlers in their designated areas.
Balochistan Chief Secretary Matahar Niaz Rana has instructed the Fisheries Secretary and DG Fisheries to increase coordination with Pakistan Maritime Safety Agency and Coast Guard to take strong action against trawlers illegal.
A review meeting on the prevention of illegal trawlers was held in Makran under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary Matahar Niaz Rana.
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The meeting was attended by Home Additional Chief Secretary Qamar Masood, Home Secretary Law Akbar Harifal, Finance Special Secretary Afzal Khosti, Fisheries Secretary Babar Khan, DG Lewis, while Ministry of Maritime Affairs Additional Secretary , Sindh Fisheries Secretary, DG PMSA, DG Coastguard, Director FIA, DG Fisheries, DC Gwadar and other relevant officials participated via video link.
The Chief Secretary instructed the Secretary of Fisheries to ensure prompt repair of all Fisheries Department patrol boats.
During the meeting, the fisheries representatives said that the number of illegal trawlers in Makran has decreased significantly in recent times, which has brought a wave of happiness among the fishermen. Trawlers appeared which once again caused anxiety and frustration among local fishermen.
Delegates reported personally seeing Sindh trawlers in several areas of Kalmat and Kahpar.
DC Gwadar Captain (Retired) Jamil Baloch informed the meeting that there were reports of illegal trawlers in Kalmat, Ormara, Sarbandar and Kahpar regions but the number was less than before while DG Fisheries said informed the meeting of the current situation.
He said patrols were being carried out by the Department of Fisheries but some trawlers were still flying and due to lack of coordination with other security agencies no action could be taken against illegal trawlers on concrete grounds. .
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The Chief Secretary instructed the Secretary of Fisheries and the DG of Fisheries to increase coordination with the Pakistan Maritime Safety Agency and the Coast Guard to take strong action against illegal trawlers.
It was decided at the meeting that action would be taken against those who supported the illegal trawlers by the locals and the chief secretary ordered the director of the FIA to take action against them.
Addressing the meeting, the Chief Secretary said that all institutions must show utmost responsibility in the national interest against illegal trawlers as Minister Azam himself has declared it a national problem, so we have to work with a national spirit in this regard.