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Pakistan: Tapping marine fisheries resources February 15,2017   |  Source: Pakistan Observer

Fishery is an important component of Pakistan’s agricultural economy. Total fish production is 0.8m tonnes, of which a major part (65pc) comes from marine resource and accounts for 1pc of the GDP. Since coastal tourism has not been developed, fishery has been positioned first in the coastal economy. It is an important source of food as well as livelihood for 1m people in the country’s coastal belt.

About 0.4m people are directly attached to the harvest of fish while almost a similar number works down the line of its value-chain, thus making it 1pc of the labour force. About 0.4m people are directly attached to the harvest of fish while almost a similar number works down the line of its value-chain, thus making it 1pc of the labour force

Pakistan has a wide variety of fish products with 150 species of commercial importance. Most valuable of them are exported ($324m in 2015-16), while a major part of the total catch is converted into fishmeal for export, as well as for use in the local poultry as feed. The main export species include shrimp, Indian mackerel, ribbon-fish, tuna, sole and crab. A major part of the exports do not touch the high-end markets because of poor compliance with hygienic standards.

Marine fish catch at the time of independence was only 33,000

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