Local News Karachi , KARACHI
News ID : 80224 Video Version : 1 Script Version : 1
Pakistani fishermen demand ban on deep-sea fishing trawlers.
Over one hundred men and women from families of fishermen belonging to the coastal belt of Sindh and Baluchistan stage a protest against permission for deep-sea fishing by trawlers and demand the government to put complete ban on trawlers.
SHOTLIST: KARACHI, PAKISTAN (SEPTEMBER 2, 2020) (VNA – ACCESS ALL)
- PROTESTERS HOLDING UP BANNER AND PLACARDS, MARCHING AND CHANTING/ BANNER READING (Urdu/English) “DEMONSTRATION AGAINST DEEP SEA FISHING TRAWLERS”
- PLCARD HELD BU WOMAN, READING (English) “STOP EXPLOITING OUR SEA, STOP DEEP SEA FISHING TRAWLERS”
- CHAIRMAN OF PAKISTAN FISHERFOLK FORUM, MOHAMMAD ALI SHAH, CHANTING “STOP ECONOMIC GENOCIDE OF FISHERMEN”
- PROTESTERS CHANTING
- DEMONSTRATORS MARCHING AND CHANTING “NO TO DEEP SEA TRAWLERS”
- PROTESTERS MARCHING AND CHANTING
- VARIOUS OF PROTESTERS CHANTING
- ELDERLY WOMAN CHANTING
- PROTESTERS CHANTING
- PLACARD READING “NO TO DEEP SEA FISHING TRAWLERS
- SHAH AND PROTESTERS CHANTING
STORY: More than one hundred men and women from families of fishermen belonging to the coastal belt of Sindh and Baluchistan staged a protest against permission for deep-sea fishing by trawlers and demanded the government to put complete ban on trawlers.
The protest demonstration was organised by Pakistan Fisher-folk Forum (PFF), a non-governmental organisation based in Karachi, which works to advance social, economic, cultural and political rights of fishermen and fishing communities in Pakistan.
Holding banners and placards, the protesters marched to Karachi Press Club. “No to deep sea trawlers”, they chanted. A placard held by a woman said “Stop exploiting our sea, stop deep sea fishing trawlers”.
The protesters deplored the federal government action of ignoring the rights of local fishermen by issuing operating licenses to foreign deep-sea trawlers which cause large-scale damage to marine ecosystem and causing economic hardships for local fishermen in the long run.
According to a statement from PFF, its chairman Mohammad Ali Shah said that the federal government has once again begun to process licenses for deep sea vessels under a policy to fish in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) around 20 miles off the coast in Sindh and Baluchistan.
He added that around a dozen trawlers were parked around the Karachi port.
He demanded that since the deep sea fishing policy has not been approved, inquiry should be conducted to find out the responsible who had allowed the deep sea trawlers stay in Pakistani waters.
Shah said fishing is a provincial subject and the provinces have thus now authority to regulate fisheries in sea or in freshwater bodies.
He said they would continue their peaceful protest until licenses of deep sea fishing trawlers are cancelled.