Karachi: In its bid to facilitate local fishermen in areas such as Thatta and Badin, the Sindh government has collaborated with WWF-Pakistan to establish a new harbour at Keti Bandar, a news source reported. Consultations are underway with national and international experts in this regard.
Sindh Fisheries Department Director General Dr Mir Allah Dad Talpur said the proposed facility would not only help to save transportation cost of fishermen but also fetch a good price for them. WWF-Pakistan’s Sustainable Fisheries Entrepreneurship Project is working with the government to facilitate the fishermen in areas such as Ibrahim Hyderi, Rehri and Kakapir at Korangi, Karachi.
Talpur regretted that sea had long been used as a dumping site, and said the government planned to set up three sewage water treatment plants in the city to scale down water pollution. He added that the department was committed to promoting coastal ecotourism as practiced in Malaysia and other coastal countries in the world
He said many international institutions, including Asian Development Bank (ADP), World Bank and UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) were being approached in this regard. He added that a scholarship scheme through an endowment fund would be introduced for children of the fishermen.