Ministry of Maritime Affairs all set to harness the potential in deep sea fishing by providing access to cost effective and state of the art equipment to Pakistani Fishermen - Press Note issued by Press Information Department.

Islamabad -- April 18, 2020 (PPI-OT)

Following is the text of press note issued by Press Information Department (PID)

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Fisheries Development Commissioner, Dr. Safia Mushtaq gave a detailed presentation to Federal Minister for Maritime Affairs, Syed Ali Haider Zaidi on Vessel Monitoring Systems (VMS) today in Karachi. VMS is an integral element of Monitoring, Control and Surveillance (MCS) programs at the national and international level. During the course of history, despite having a huge potential in deep sea fishing and with export markets having demand for the catch abundant in warm waters of the Arabian Sea, the sector had been neglected till the incumbent government prioritized to revamp it, so that incorporation and adoption of the prevailing international best practices is ensured.

Currently no tracking system is in place to monitor the activities of fishing vessels, hence Illegal, Unregulated and Unreported (IUU) fishing was rampant and there were no check and balance to combat the smuggling activities in the Seas of Pakistan. The main bottleneck in the installation of VMS was its cost which was unbearable for the fishermen. Ministry of Maritime Affairs is all set to resolve the issues related to the cost, implementation and installation of Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) while working...

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