Hundred Thousand Fishermen May Be Forced To Stay Home
Extraordinary increase in diesel prices may force 100,000 crew members of 4,000 boats to stay idle at homes, as the official ban on fishing will end on July 31 (today). This will affect more than 100,000 fishermen families belonging to Karachi, claims Sami Memon, a spokesman of the Pakistan Fisherfolk Forum (PFF) while talking to The News. According to boat owners, sitting near their vessels anchored at the Karachi Fish Harbour, their fishing preparations start 15 days earlier. However, this year due to inflated diesel prices they have yet to decide their future.
This is a dismal situation as instead of providing subsidies to the fishermen in lieu of the newly launched National Fisheries Policy which had announced a 2 billion rupees (US$33.4 million) budget to increase fish and shrimp output, and to boost fisheries exports through a public-private partnership, the boats will be docked due to increase in fuel prices.