The 4th One Day International Symposium on “World Fisheries Day” was observed at University of Education (UoE) Lahore’s Main Campus.

On this occasion training on “Small-Scale Fish Production and Its Meat Products” was also organized. The Symposium was attended by international and national speakers including Dr Seyed Hossein Hosseinfar from Gorgan University, Iran, Dr Sikander Hayat DG Fisheries, Punjab, Dr Muhammad Ayub Ex-DG Fisheries Punjab, Prof Dr Atif Yaqub & Dr Mehwish Faheem from GCU, Lahore and Dr Shahzad Naveed Jadoon CEO Alltech, Pakistan. Faculty, students of many universities, Fish farmers, other stack holders from all over the Punjab, Pro Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Arshad, Director Division of Science & Technology Prof Dr Alam Saeed and Chairperson Zoology Department Prof Dr Shagufta Andleeb also participated in the event.

Addressing the symposium, Vice-Chancellor, University of Education Lahore Prof Dr Talat Naseer Pasha said that Pakistan is primarily an agricultural country, which is rich in natural water resources, but unfortunately still we are not able to take complete advantage of these resources. Our fish production is less than one million metric tons. In recent years, the fisheries sector has faced a number of challenges, including natural disasters, climate change, environmental pollution and overfishing.

He said that there is a lot of potential in aquaculture and if the private sector also participates by investing in it, the best results can be achieved, through this sector we can give strong support to our economy. Our farmer is very hardworking and ready to learn new things.

The Vice-Chancellor said that the main objective of this symposium is to provide a platform to all the participants, government representatives, researchers, private sector experts and teachers related to the fishing industry.

Speaking on this occasion, the guest speakers said that a substantial part of protein required for our body is obtained from fish and other marine life. By developing aquaculture, we can not only meet the needs of cities but also revolutionize the lives of the rural population. Aquaculture is currently the fastest growing economy in the world, so we have to pay close attention to it as well. The speakers further said that there is not much public awareness about aquaculture but we believe that the aquaculture sector can be widely introduced by organizing this kind of symposium.

At the end, Assistant Professor University of Education, Lahore Dr Mudassar Shahzad thanked the participants of the Symposium.

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Arsalan Haider is a reporter at Academia Mag and has worked with leading national dailies and news channels. He tweets @arsalanhaider14

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