To mark World Fisheries Day, the National Institute of Maritime Affairs launched a week-long awareness campaign and also held an awareness exhibition on fishing and biodiversity.

On this occasion, Commodore  (R) Ali Abbas SI (M) of NIMA welcomed the delegates at the inaugural function and highlighted the importance of marine life and its negative effects of exploitation.

He appealed to the youth to play a positive role in restoring the marine ecosystem. Vice Admiral (retired) Khawaja Ghazanfar Hussain HI (M), Director General Bahria University of Karachi graced the occasion as the Chief Guest.

The purpose of the event was to create awareness among the youth about marine resources, fishing, and biodiversity. On the occasion, experts said that the importance of a single creature living in the ocean cannot be underestimated as the lack of any living thing could disrupt the ecosystem and lead to an inadequate supply of fish species. During the event, experts highlighted that many marine species are endangered due to by-catching, overfishing, and illegal fishing practices.

Dr. Amjad Ali, assistant professor at the Center of Excellence in Biology, University of Karachi, said that high levels of pollution and climate change also pose a threat to biodiversity especially corals.

At the event, stalls were set up by the KU Marine Biology Department, Aquatic Diagnostic Lab of Bahria University, School of Maritime Sciences, Department of Geophysics, National Institute of Maritime Affairs, Institute of Marine Biology.

Among the participants, the citizens were delighted to see the colorful stalls where they were made aware of the importance of ecological balance by experts in the domain of marine specimens.

During the exhibition, Dr. Asif Inam, Head of the Department of School of Maritime Science, appreciated the efforts of the youth in conducting such an informative campaign and understanding the impact of marine life on the overall environment.

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Arshad Yousafzai is a Karachi-based journalist covering Education and Human Rights. He can be reached on Twitter @Arshadyousafzay

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