Directorate Of Fisheries Sindh (Research & Development) Karachi
Fisheries is a rapidly expanding sector and is playing an important role to supplement protein
requirement of the masses.
Sindh Province has been bestowed with a natural fisheries resources on the Marine side
also, almost 350 km Coastal belt of Sindh is lying virtually untapped, which needs to be
exploited for Shrimp, crab, oyster, pearl culture etc. in enclosure, Pen and ponds. Almost
300000 Hectors area is available in the deltaic area for this purpose.
Due to the environmental changes, fresh water resources are being depleting fast in the
Province and Sea intrusion is being observed, 72 Dehs out of 698 Dehs of Thatta & Badin
District have been fully eroded by Sea.
As the main thrust of our Fisheries Export is based on capture fisheries, which is being
depleting day by day, hence Aquaculture on Marine and Brackish water side is the only
option to subsidize it, through cage, Pens & Pond culture techniques.
The Sindh Province holds a premier position in the Fisheries Sector of country. It commands
100% of brackish, 65% of Fresh water and 71% of Marine water resources of the total
Fisheries resources of Pakistan.
These resources have about 400 commercially important varieties of Marines, 200 varieties
of fresh and 13 varieties of shrimp.
The Sindh Fisheries Department was established after disintegration of One Unit and creation
of four provinces during 1969-70 and it was given under control of Director, Agriculture
Sindh, with a technical head as Assistant Director Fisheries on Provincial basis, with his head
quarter at Hyderabad.
During 1972 Agriculture Development Corporation was dissolved and its all officers
were directed to join their parent departments. During 1974, a post of Director Fisheries
Sindh was created with its head quarter at Karachi.
There after first Aqua-culture Development Project (1980-85) and Second Aqua-
culture Development Project (1989-94) were launched with assistance of Asian Development
Bank. Both the projects were successfully implemented with the result that one post of
Project Director (BS-19) was regularised on Non-Development side.
Under the instructions of Chief Executive of Pakistan with regard to re-structure
Fisheries Department Organisation, the Department has been divided into two sections one
Inland Section, headed by Director Fisheries Sindh (Inland) Hyderabad, and other Research
& Development at Karachi, by re-designating the post of Project Director Hyderabad.