World Fisheries Day on November 21st, 2009

World Fisheries Day is celebrated every year on November 21st throughout the world by the fisher folk communities. From the very of it’s inception in 1998, Pakistan Fisher Folk Forum has been celebrating and observing this event every year. Maintaining the tradition this year, PFF has also decided to celebrate World Fisheries Day as a one week celebrations from 16 to 21 November.

Pakistan Fisherfolk Forum is a mass based social movement struggling and striving for the socio-economic rights of the fishing communities of Pakistan. On 21st November World Fisheries Day PFF will organize huge public gathering with colorful program in the name fisherfolk Mela at Ibrahim Hydri. In which thousands fisher peoples, civil society organizations, trade unions, social activists, peasants and media personals will join the event in a Ceremony of World Fisheries Day on 21st November, 2009 at 3.00pm at Ibrahim Hydri.

Mohammad Ali Shah

Chairperson, Pakistan Fisherfolk Forum

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    Fisherfolk celebrate World Fisheries Day

    Sunday, November 22, 2009
    By our correspondent


    Hundreds of fisherfolk participated in cultural activities to celebrate World Fisheries Day on Saturday at Motani Jetty, Ibrahim Hydri. The well-attended event was organised by the Pakistan Fisherfolk Forum (PFF).

    Local artist Mohammed Bajro performed popular community song, Batelpuri Achhe, which inspired the guests. Later, a PFF theatre group performed tableaus focusing on their issues.

    All guests, including legislators and civil society activists, were seated on the floor, along with the fisherfolk. Sindh Assembly Speaker Nisar Khuhro claimed that the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) had, in the past, remained with the PFF in its struggle. Now that the PPP is in power, the party is making efforts to resolve the problems of the fisherfolk, he maintained.

    Sindh Fisheries Minister Zahid Hussain Bhurgari, Jails Minister Haji Muzaffar Ali Shujrah, and PPP leader Taj Haider also attended the gathering and assured the community that the government has designed various development projects for coastal and inland localities.

    Earlier, Tahira Ali of PFF said that indigenous people are the real custodians of natural resources, including the coast, lakes and rivers, but “influential people” have occupied these resources, depriving the community of the basic right to live with dignity.

    She demanded the abolition of the contract system from all freshwater bodies. She said that the government has introduced an anti-people Fisheries Policy, which is opposed by the fisherfolk.

    PFF Chairperson Mohammed Ali Shah urged the government to implement the ban on the use of destructive nets and take action against people who are destroying fish stocks by using such harmful fishing practices.

    Zulfiqar Shah of PILER said that his organisation has contributed a lot to designing workers’ policies, including those for the fishing community. He said that fishermen do not have access to social security. Their rights are yet to be recognised like the industrial and formal sector. He said that it is time that the ruling PPP should come forward and resolve the issues of the fisherfolk.

    Speakers also demanded that the licenses of deep sea trawlers be cancelled. They said that the EU ban on the export of seafood was the result of wrong policies of the government and unnecessary interference in the functioning of relevant organisations.

    Streets leading to the public meeting place were decorated with banners and posters inscribed with demands to safeguard the rights of the fisherfolk. Various species of fish were displayed at stalls along the packed meeting premises.

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