Author: Muneer Hussain

Message on World Fisheries Day

World Fisheries Day is celebrated by Fishermen and the people who care for them all over. They highlight the role played by small-scale fisheries in providing livelihoods and income to millions of people. On this day exhibitions, meetings, cultural events, rallies, and workshops are organized to highlight the importance of fish and fishers and proper and scientific management of fish stocks in the natural environment.

Fish is the last wild animal, and our Fish stocks are facing a lot of fishing pressure and depleting fast. The main reason is unsustainable fishing practices and the use of illegal fishing nets. Educating every fisherman of the various ways of fishing will help reduce the harm done to the aquatic ecosystem. Let us start on world fisheries day.

Under the Prime Minister’s National Agriculture Emergency Program, the Fisheries Development Board is making efforts to create alternate livelihood opportunities for fisherfolk and fish farmers by promoting aquaculture activities all over Pakistan. FDB has started initiatives for the promotion of trout farming, shrimp farming, and fish cage culture. Incentives are being provided in the form of farm development support, cage installation support, and provision of trainings to potential farmers.

Let’s join FDB for aquaculture development in Pakistan to provide our people the nutritious food and livelihood opportunities and provide the surplus raw material for our seafood export industry.

Happy world fisheries day.

Muhammad Junaid Wattoo

CEO, Fisheries Development Board

Milkfish Culture in Brackish water ponds (Pakistan)

Milkfish are euryhaline; suitable for farming in freshwater, brackish water, or seawater. Milkfish are omnivores and largely rely on phytoplankton Although they can grow up to 3 kg, they are generally harvested at around 300-800 grams. Fisheries Development Board MNFS&R has conducted an experiment to culture milkfish. Milkfish reared in a brackish water-intensive system achieved an excellent growth and survival rate on natural food Fish juveniles were obtained from the estuarine water present nearby by location (Khararo creek) in the winter season (November to December-2018) from the pool water that is generally cut off from the seawater and could be a good source of local seed (milkfish). In the culture period of four-month ( Jan 2019 to April 2019) 5,000 healthy juveniles of milkfish, (10 g) were reared in pond culture up to table size (280 g). The harvested fish were sold out in Gulshan –e- Hadeed Fish Market, Karachi at a rate of 150/kg.

Scientific parameters:

The overall water quality and Growth parameters during the culture period followed as:

Salinity (30.91±0.48 ppt), pH (8.51±0.12), Temperature (24.9±0.93˚C), and Dissolved Oxygen (7.64±0.59 mg/l).

 Survival rate (96%), final average body weight (280 g), average daily weight gain(2.08 g/day), Specific growth rate % (1.61 g), and Total production (1344.82 kg/ha) at the time of harvesting. .


Milkfish is considered a valuable commercial food fish and its culture can enhance the production of farmed fish but unfortunately, it’s not cultured in Pakistan. The local communities along the coast of Sindh and Baluchistan should cultivate the milkfish so that they can improve their livelihood by adopting this practice and promoting the mariculture of locally available fish species.

Fresh fish on the white background