6th International Fisheries Symposium & Expo 2017
“Innovative and Sustainable Aquaculture for Blue Revolution” 8-9th February 2017 at UVAS, Lahore
SCOPE OF THE EVENT
The 6th International Fisheries Symposium & Expo-2017 on “Innovative and Sustainable Aquaculture for Blue Revolution” to be held on February 8-9th, 2017 is a mega event which will provide great opportunity for the presentation of latest advancements and research work in the field of Fisheries and Aquaculture. The event is a joint effort by Department of Fisheries & Aquaculture, Punjab Fisheries Department, Pakistan Fisheries Society and other relevant departments as well as stakeholders to join and bring researchers, scientists, fish nutritionists, fish feed manufacturers, fish farmers, and scholars around the globe to share recent research findings and knowledge for uplift of the sector, solving problems and discussing scientific views and ideas related to innovative and sustainable developments in the field of Fisheries and Aquaculture. As aquaculture is growing rapidly in Pakistan since last few years and it is expected that recent developments in promotion of this sector both in technology and species diversification to increase per acre production and quality protein.
AIMS & OBJECTIVES
The main aim of this conference is to bring International & National researchers, professionals and stakeholders together at one platform to share problems and their solutions, views & ideas related to new knowledge and scientific inventions in the field of Fisheries & Aquaculture. The core theme of the conference is “INNOVATIVE & SUSTAIANBLE AQUACULTURE FOR BLUE REVULTION IN PAKISTAN TO PRODUCE QUALITY PROTEIN”. The specific objectives include:
- To get insight into recent developments and scientific advancements in the field of fisheries & aquaculture
- To bring together international and national professionals, experts and stakeholders in the field of fisheries and aquaculture at single platform
- To provide a window of opportunities for scientific linkages between researchers, academia, government bodies and development partners working in the field of fisheries and aquaculture
- To strengthen the institutional research capacity and other stakeholders working together and fighting against poverty and malnutrition.
- To build public-private partnerships for better increase in fish production and food security especially for poor communities
- To launch awareness campaign among scientific and fish farmer’s community related to aquatic organisms, their useful manipulation and target production
RELEVANCE AND SCIENTIFIC SIGNIFICANCE OF THE EVENT
Fish is a good source of many vital nutrients (micro- and macro-nutrients) especially a source of protein with high biological value (BV) similar to that of land animals. Worldwide strenuous efforts have been made for the development of fisheries and aquaculture not only to fulfill the protein demand but also to develop socio-economic conditions. Fishery products are one of the most traded food and feed commodities. Apart from marine fisheries, inland fisheries (rivers, lakes, dams, ponds, etc.,) are also an important activity throughout the country. The sector contributes very little to national GDP but it adds substantially to the national income through export earnings. Pakistan has wide spread inland natural resources, comprising rivers, canals, dams, reservoirs attached to barrages/ headworks, lakes, water-logged areas and village ponds etc., with a total area of about 3.0 million hectares including private fish farming area of about 60,000 acres in Punjab only. The fish fauna is rich and about 183 species of fresh water fish are found in Punjab province, out of which about 17 species are edible. Pakistan has a coastline of about 1 120 km, with a number of bays and broad continental shelf lying in front of the Indus deltas. The Exclusive Economic Zone of Pakistan extends up to 200 nautical miles from the coast. Major fish centers are Karachi, Gwadar and Pasni. Most of the marine catch is done within 12 nautical miles. Inland freshwater resources of NWFP, Northern Areas and Balochistan are exploited below potential, with low productivity. Despite its vast natural resources, Pakistan ranks 28th among fishing nations in terms of production, and 50th in terms of export earnings. Finally, institutional weaknesses, skilled manpower in and outside the Fisheries sub-sector, and inadequate capacity of its stakeholders, poor marketing system, credit facilities, foreign collaboration etc., need to be rectified in priority to ensure that both fisheries and aquaculture develop sustainably and in harmony with other sectors of the economy.
In 2013-14, the total fish production in Pakistan was about 501,000 metric tons out of which 368000 metric tons was from marine and remaining came from inland waters (Source: Economic Survey of Pakistan 2015-16). A total of 91965 metric tons of fish and fishery products was exported during 2015-16 worth US$ 240.108 million. Export of aquaculture, which is nil at present will be increased to $50 million by 2025. Provision of nutritionally safe and adequate quality protein is a basic individual right and an essential condition for sustainable development, especially in developing countries. Brainstorming through technical and networking sessions will certainly help to chalk out doable recommendations & strategic actions in the light of innovations, which will help Pakistan to combat the problem of malnutrition. In our country, both the Federal and Provincial governments and the Authorities have realized the importance of investing in aquaculture sector by focusing on nutrition and currently pursuing development of strategic and operational plans at provincial level and this conference will certainly play a key role. The event will also be helpful in creating awareness among the masses and advocating in front of the policy makers, as the event will attract the highest level representation from federal & provincial governments, political parties, UN Agencies, international NGOs, local NGOs, print and electronic media and civil society.