Wednesday, 23 November 2011

World Fishers Day - 21 November

Fishermen living along the 1050 kilometre long Pakistan coastline between Sindh and Balochistan celebrated the World Fisheries Day falling on November 21.

On this occasion, fishermen mostly did not go to the sea for a catch and joined the community activists to express solidarity with the world fisher people. They decorated their fishing vessels and jetties with colourful flags, facilitated the community children and visitors to have a short boat trip along the beachside.

For this year, the World Forum of Fisher People (WFFP) had decided to keep the theme ‘Food sovereignty for the fishing community.’

It is the socio-cultural event that the fishermen around the world celebrate enthusiastically. The fishing communities worldwide celebrate this day through rallies, workshops, public meetings, cultural programmes, dramas, exhibition, music show, and demonstrations to highlight the importance of maintaining the world’s fisheries.

The Pakistan Fisherfolk Forum (PFF), being the major community representative organisation, had designed different colourful events on the occasion, including performing theatre, specifically focusing on the issues the community people are facing.

The PFF celebrated the event in Karachi, Hyderabad, Sukkur and Gwadar. The major event was organised at Motani jetty, Ibrahim Hyderi of Karachi where hundreds of coastal community people participated. The community artisans exhibited their items, including the ornaments and small toy boats to fascinate the visitors.

PFF chairperson Mohammed Ali Shah said that they were struggling to have control of the local communities on seafood and water supplies resources. He said that the instead of polluting the environment and water resources, the government of different countries should ensure producing food, energy and clean water.

He added that the fishing community have a justification to get their livelihood, using unsustainable methodology to catch a larger amount of fish, which definitely will cause loss for the future generations.

Shah quoting a recent United Nations study reported that more than two-thirds of the world’s fisheries have been over fished or are fully harvested and more than one-third are in a state of decline.

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