BAHRAIN, Pakistan — An endangered aquatic plant species known for its bright blue flowers and deep green leaves has become the target of a new global campaign against illegal fishing in Pakistan’s Gulf of Cambay.
Aquatic products, or aqua, is a tropical fish species native to the Indian Ocean and found throughout Southeast Asia.
It is a staple food for both humans and fish.
It is also a source of income for the local economy, said Ahmad Wali, head of the Aquatic Products Directorate of the Ministry of Commerce.
It has been growing at an alarming rate over the past three decades and accounts for about 50 per cent of Pakistan’s total production.
“The species is facing a lot of challenges, which is why we have decided to put our effort to protect it,” Wali said.
“We want to protect the species from being used in illegal fishing practices, including illegal and unauthorised harvest.”
Aquaculture is illegal in Pakistan, but there is no legal process for it to be banned, but Wali says that if it were to become illegal, it would have a devastating effect on the country’s economy.
“It is not just a fish issue, it is a food issue and it is also an environment issue,” Walid said.
“We want the government to ensure that the aquaculture industry can continue and continue to be supported in the Gulf of the Cambay region, where we are seeing a lot more fish being caught in the waters off Pakistan.”
“This is the first time in Pakistan that we have seen a government actually take on this issue and get it through,” Walisaid.
“It is a big moment in the fight against illegal aquaculture.”
The campaign to protect Aquaculture was started by the Government of Pakistan in late 2014 and has now been launched by the Ministry for Aquacultures, Fisheries and Aquacultural Industries.
Wali called it a “national-level campaign” that is meant to make sure Aquaciety remains protected from illegal fishing and to encourage more people to protect their own aquacultural resources.
“If we are going to save Aquacience, then we need to show them that they can,” Walimaid.
The Ministry of Agriculture is spearheading the campaign, with a local government in Bahrampur and the Ministry, Fisheries, Aquaciet and Aquariums, as its partners.
The ministry is also working to secure local permits for the aqua plant from the Fisheries and Environment Department in Lahore.
A team of six experts from the Ministry’s Agriculture Research Department has been working to develop a national list of Aquacieas species.
Walid says they are looking to see how to keep up with growing demand in the area.
The government also recently passed a law that will prohibit the illegal fishing of fish from the Gulf.
This law is currently in effect.
“This law has been passed after many years of negotiations between the government and the fishermen and also the government’s environment department,” Walishaid.
“In the past, they had been fishing illegally in the Arabian Sea but now they have been caught.”
The Government of Bahr-ur-Rehman, where Wali is based, is one of the largest fish-catching areas in the country.
According to Wali and other Aquacian experts, illegal fishing is the main reason for the decline in the fish stocks.
The Government says it is working on measures to curb illegal fishing, including providing subsidies to aquacietes.
But the Government is also encouraging people to take their fish home and take care of them.