Boats to be equipped with vessel monitoring system

Boats to be equipped with vessel monitoring system

Monitoring Desk

QUETTA: A vessel monitoring system will be installed on all registered boats fishing in waters off Balochistan coast, a meeting on fisheries decided.
This system would effectively discourage non-registered fishing boats. A shortage of manpower and unavailability of fast patrol boats is hindering the Balochistan Fisheries Department in effectively curbing illegal fishing trawlers and boats in the territorial waters along the province’s shores, secretary fisheries told participants of the meeting.
He was briefing the meeting, presided over by provincial Chief Secretary Mutahir Niaz Rana, about steps taken by the provincial fisheries department in this regard.
On this occasion, the chief secretary of Balochistan said that all departments concerned, including the fisheries department, should use all available resources at their disposal to curb illegal trawlers and unregistered fishing boats.
Illegal trawlers, he said, not only deprived local fishermen of their due share but also affected the marine ecology and strip the province of its resources.
Urging the fisheries department to improve its efficiency, the chief secretary said that the provincial government would provide all assistance in this regard.
The meeting was informed that a vessel monitoring system would be installed on boats and all local fishermen would be asked to ensure registration of their boats. This step will discourage illegal fishing in waters off Balochistan coast.
It may be recalled here that local fishermen have always complained that illegal trawlers and fishing have been continuing off the waters of Balochistan coast, which severely affect their business.
By installing monitoring system in the boasts, the local fishermen will greatly benefit from this move.