A one day symposium was organised in the Department of Freshwater Biology & Fisheries, the University of Sindh to mark World Fisheries Day on Monday.
Chaied by SU Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Siddique Kalhoro, Muhammad Moazzam Khan WWF, Prof Dr Arfana Mallah, Dr Baradi Waryani, Dr Hameeda Kalhoro, Manzoor Ahmed Panhwar, Zulfiqar Ali Larik, Muhammad Aslam Ansari, Haider Ali, Dr Abdul Ahad and many others attended the symposium.
Addressing on the occasion, the Vice-Chancellor Dr Kalhoro said that the fisheries sector was facing various challenges in the current era which was required to be paid proper heed.
He said that the concerned authorities must come forward and take necessary steps for its development.
“Senior and learned faculty members of the University of Sindh are busy in producing new trends of aquaculture to boost up the sector in the light of research and education”, he said.
Dean Faculty of Natural Sciences Prof Dr Wazir Ali Baloch said that every year World Fisheries Day was celebrated to raise awareness on the issues concerning fisheries sector.
“Our faculty members are ready to collaborate with national and international organizations for conservation and restoration of the fisheries sector.
Director Centre for Coastal and Deltaic Studies Prof. Dr Mukhtiar Ahmed Mahar said that more than 4 million people in the Sindh province were associated and allied in fisheries profession.
He said Sindh Coastal Community were facing the challenges of freshwater scarcity, climate change pattern of alteration and livelihood.
“The climate change, freshwater scarcity, sea intrusion and erosion has affected the agriculture, livestock, poultry and fisheries sectors greatly”, he said and added that under such a situation, the government had to take immediate measures to provide intensives to the coastal communities in order to stop the migration, food, water and livelihood scarcity in the region.
Chairman Department of Freshwater Biology Prof. Dr Khalid Hussain Lashari said that research based applied-nature experiments were required on the freshwater commercial fish species.
He invited the research organizations for joint ventures related to development of the fisheries sector.
Prof Dr Anila Naz Soomro, Mubashir Hassan, Dr RSN Janjua and others also spoke on the occasion.