Fisheries

A special emphasis has been put on the following:

  • No fishing without a license
  • Restrictions on mesh size of nets
  • Restriction on catching undersized fish
  • Protection of fish against use of explosives/poisons
  • Preservation of fish against release of industrial effluents as well as pollutants
  • Salvage operations of natural resources

Management of Fisheries Resources
Besides conservational measures, proper management strategy is adopted for the fishing, harvesting and uplift of  the socio-economic conditions of fishermen communities etc. The following efforts are also made for the management of Fisheries resources:

  • Lease of Fishing Rights of Public Water
    Fishing rights in all public water areas including rivers, canals etc. are leased out annually under prescribed terms and conditions through open auction under supervision of specially constituted committees comprising of members from local councils, forest department and district administration.
  • Stock Replenishment of Public Waters
    Stock replenishment is managed through salvage operations as well as direct stocking of fish seed from fish hatcheries.
  • Issuance of Licenses to Fishermen and Anglers
    The department issues fishing licenses to the fishermen and amateur anglers on prescribed fees. The  fee for the different categories of licenses since 1996-97 is as under:
       Provincial Rod and Line Rs.300/- per annum
  All kinds of gears Rs.120/- per annum
  Cast net Rs. 80/- per annum
  Daily Rod and Line Rs. 10/- per day
  • Promotion of Sport Fishing
    The department promotes sport fishing and every possible assistance and facilities are extended to the angler's associations in arranging angling competition at various levels.

Fish Farming
Fish culture activities have considerably increased in the recent years in public and private sector. At present, in the private sector about 56,540 acres have been taken under fish culture till February 2014. In order to diversify improved techniques, mass motivation campaigns are organized through the media and as a result many progressive farmers have established fish farms on commercial scale.

The private farmers are provided complete advisory services from the preparation of feasibility reports (with complete financial analysis) to pond design/construction, farm management, fish seed stocking, feed, fish health, disease prevention and control, soil and water analysis, fish growth monitoring and allied technical disciplines. The facility of soil and water analysis is being provided at Fisheries Research and Training Institute, Lahore and Training Sub-Centers at Rawalpindi and Bahawalpur. Frequent workshops are organized to disseminate improved aquaculture techniques. The annual growth rate of fish farming during the last ten years has been assessed more than 10%.