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Pakistan’s fish exports increase by 21 per cent
July 23, 2017
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KARACHI: Pakistan’s fish and fish preparation exports went up by 20 per cent in quantity and 21.35 per cent in value during 2016-17 due to price increase in world markets and higher landing of the catch.

The average per tonne price of fish rose to $2,616 in 2016-17 from $2,539 in 2015-16.

Data released by the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS) shows that fish exports reached $394 million (152,858 tonnes) in 2016-17 as compared to $325m (127,910 tonnes) in 2015-16.

Seafood exports had shown a declining trend during the past three years — from $370m in 2013-14 to $325m in 2015-16.

A decrease in the quantity of fish exports was also noticed in the same period, dropping from 151,000 tonnes in 2013-14 to 127,910 tonnes in 2015-16.

Technical Adviser (Marine Fisheries) WWF-Pakistan, Moazzam Khan attributed the increase in export and landing of some pelagic species including kingfish, and increased export of shellfish (shrimp razor clam, other clams) and fishmeal export to improved harvesting.

He said fish meal production in Pakistan has substantially increased, particularly from Balochistan where five new fish meals plants on modern lines have been established, making a total of 15 plants in Windar and Sonmiani area.

New fishing grounds for razor clams are located in Miani Hor where mass scale harvesting has been done during the current year.

Moazzam said demersal resources are heavily exploited. Because of effective implementation of close season in 2016, unprecedented increase in shrimp production especially of kalri was observed during Aug-Sept 2016 and Jan-Feb 2017.

During the current year, a two month ban on fish catch during June-July has also been implemented for the protection of migrating progeny of shrimp from creek areas and shallow coastal waters to deep oceanic waters, he explained.

He stressed for the regular implementation on the close season rather than extending it to three months from May-July as originally proposed by the federal government in 1983.

During 2016, an increase in production of large pelagic species including tuna, mackerel, queen fish, kingfish and billfish was observed, reaching a level of 100,219 tonnes in 2016 as compared to 82,281 tonnes in 2015. This included 69,536 tonnes of tuna in 2016 as compared to 53,637 tonnes.

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