KARACHI - No crew list permission or port clearance (PC) to be issued to fishing boats from June 15, 2012 to ensure that fishing boats should return by 30th June 2012 to observe the seasonal ban in the month of July 2012, this was stated by Abdul Ghani Jokhio Managing Director KFHA.

While reviewing the methodology to enforce the complete implementation of seasonal ban on catch of fish and shrimp, Jokhio said that all officers should take serious and sincere efforts for effective monitoring of implementation of seasonal ban in the interest of fisheries sector. Giving advice to the fishermen he added that relaxation for catch in the month of June, given by Government is a temporary remedy in consideration of difficulties faced by fishermen but now they should realise the importance of the issue and play their role for saving the marine juveniles which are depleting rapidly. He further asked that all stakeholders must shoulder their responsibilities to honour their commitment made in a meeting chaired by Zahid Ali Bhurgari, Minister for Fisheries Sindh & Chairman KFHA held on 11th April 2012.

He further said a mechanism should be evolved to ensure: Fishing boats should return by 30th June 2012; Customs authorities would not issue Port Clearance to any fishing boat during ban season; the Maritime Security Agency and Pakistan Coast Guards keep vigilance on movement of boats and ensure implement ban season; seafood processors would ensure that they would not buy any fishery product from 1st to 31st July; they shall also declare stored stock.

 stored in their respective chill rooms as on 30th June 2012.

KFHA further warned that strict action should be taken in case of any violation reported with heavy penalty on such processors/ fishermen and they will be restricted from processing of fishery products and fishing voyage.