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WWF-Pakistan and PMSA sign Letter of Cooperation for management of fisheries

Posted on 17 February 2016

Karachi, WWF-Pakistan and Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA) signed Letter of Cooperation for management of fisheries in coastal and offshore waters of Pakistan. In this context, signing ceremony was held today at PMSA’s head quarter in Karachi. Rear Admiral Jamil Akhtar DG PMSA and HammadNaqi Khan, DG WWF-Pakistan signed this Letter of Cooperation.

This Letter of Cooperation supports the implementation of effective monitoring, control and surveillance measures to facilitate compliance of the tuna gillnet fisheries of Pakistan with the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC) requirements. Both organizations have agreed to cooperate in strengthening satellite based monitoring of the Pakistani fishing fleet operating in its Territorial Waters and Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and in the Area Beyond National Jurisdiction (ABNJ).

The Letter of Cooperation is aimed to supplement and strengthen the satellite based monitoring of the fishing vessels including the domestic fishing fleet through joint collaboration of PMSA and WWF-Pakistan. Under this Letter of Cooperation, WWF–Pakistan will provide automatic identification system and vessel monitoring systems for trial for installation on fishing vessels from Sindh and Balochistan to ensure effective monitoring, control and surveillance measures. This will be a major support to the fisheries of Pakistan for improved compliance to the regulations of Tuna Regional Fishery Management Organization (RFMO), the IOTC.

It was also decided that WWF-Pakistan and PMSA will cooperate in other areas of conservation and protection of marine resources in Pakistan. PMSA will provide information about critically endangered Arabian humpback Whale to WWF in case of sighting made by any Pakistani vessels.


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