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Pakistan: Disruptive marine weather lowers catch for small-scale fishermen by Jan Khaskheli September 21,2018   |  Source: The International News

The declining fish catch in September has disturbed Sindh’s fishermen, who are unable to recover even the cost of operating boats along the 350 kilometre provincial coastline. September is a prosperous month for fishermen who catch more fish, adding to their stock on their traditional landing sites. But this year, the rough sea weather, that started in June and July has now extended to September, impacting marine life, a community activist said. “Usually violent tides start in June and July, which normalise up to August 15,” he added.

Information gathered from community activists from the coastline of Thatta and Sujawal’s Keti Bunder, Kharo Chhan and Shah Bunder areas reveals that this new phenomenon emerged quite recently during the month of September. The two months of June and July are considered breeding season of the most important commercial species of shrimps, and the provincial government always bans fishing activities during the time to avoid loss of juvenile fish, and give rest to the sea.

The new fishing season starts on the first of August. After lifting of the ban crew members leave their local jetties on the boats for fishing in the open seawaters. But this year boats are coming with low catch compared to the previous years, creating a tough situation

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