Imran Khan and his team from PTI (Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf) promised us:
PTI will uplift the fisheries industry with infrastructure investments, incentivising adoption of best practices and effective monitoring to increase our fish stock to a sustainable level.
Pakistan’s marine fish stock has reached an alarmingly low level due to intensive exploitation, bad practices and poor government controls along our coastline. Furthermore, previous governments’ neglect has kept the sector far from reaching its export potential. Our fisheries industry provides livelihood to a million people and it is now imperative to reverse depletion and build our fish stock to a sustainable level for the industry’s survival.
We will increase protected areas from 1% to 10% of our coastline.
We will incentivise fish farming and lower taxes on equipment for sustainable business development.
We will use wasteland for fish farming to promote inland aquaculture; in particular to farm “Tilapia”.
We will champion cold chain development from sea to shore, from farm to storage; to decrease wastage and improve quality for end consumer.
We will ban fishing certain species during specific periods in a year, especially in spawning season.
We will develop and enforce standards on fishing net size, mesh size, and size of fish captured, in particular to avoid harvesting juvenile fish and to rehabilitate endangered marine species.
We will ban issuance of new fishing licenses till our marine fish stock has reached a sustainable level.
We will stop further licensing of fishmeal factories and ban fishmeal export till compliance to raw material quality control standards are adopted.
You can read these promises in the complete manifesto document released by PTI available HERE in English and HERE in Urdu.
Below will be / are the actions by Imran Khan and his Governance as a step towards fulfilling this promise: