Fisheries Development Board?
Pakistan is endowed with vast aquatic resources as indicated below that include freshwater, brackish water and marine resources. These resources could be utilized for aquaculture development as long as economically efficient and environmentally sustainable. Despite of its endowment in natural resources, Pakistan ranks 28th amongst fishing nations in terms of production and 50th in terms of export earnings. Since 1998, overall fish production in Pakistan has been decreasing at the rate of 2% per annum, mainly due to decline in marine capture.
|Area in Hectares||Sindh||Punjab||Baluchistan||KPK||Total|
|Rivers / Streams||160,000||2,940,000||–||2,408||3,102,408|
|Canals & Drains||321,340||23,700||–||1,763||346,803|
|Flood Water Area||1,000,000||–||–||–||1,000,000|
|Marine Waters (Km)||352 x 12 NM||–||768 x 12 NM||–||1120 x 12 NM|
Over recent years, the fisheries and aquaculture sectors have been gaining an increasing importance in the development policies of the country. To address the impeding fisheries, development, the then Ministry of Food, Agriculture & Livestock in collaboration with the all stakeholders had prepared the National Fisheries Policy (NFP). During the consultation process with the stakeholders for the preparation of the policy, it was revealed that the country’s fisheries resources are not being exploited optimally. The policy greatly emphasized on the aquaculture and shrimp farming development in the country through establishment of model farms and markets. In light of NFP and dire need to promote and develop the most negligible sector of fisheries and aquaculture, Fisheries Development Board (FDB) was established in 2007.
FDB has been conceived to boost up the development of Fisheries sector with particular reference to provide and maintain a platform for enhancing and promoting fisheries sector in Pakistan. The platform of FDB enable the fishermen community, professionals and intermediaries to discuss issues of common interest, overcome problems through transfer of technology suitable to local environment, initiate development programs, promote regional and global integration and to undertake activities for the betterment of the whole sector.
The Board was established by the then Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock in August 2007 as a Nonprofit Organization (NPO) under Section-42 of the Companies Ordinance 1984. The Article of Association enforce to be governed by 15 Board of Directors comprising 6 members from public and 9 members from private sector.