Fishermen in Karachi began a hunger strike on Wednesday (21 Feb) to protest against what they said was large-scale exploitation of Pakistan's fish resources by Soviet trawlers.
GV PAN Fishing boats in harbour
SV Pakistan flag on mastheads
LV & CU Unemployed fishermen sitting in boats (3 shots)
SV & LV Repairing nets (2 shots)
LV & CU Fishermen in boats (3 shots)
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Background: Fishermen in Karachi began a hunger strike on Wednesday (21 Feb) to protest against what they said was large-scale exploitation of Pakistan's fish resources by Soviet trawlers.
The Pakistan Fishermen's Society, says that unless fishing by the modern Soviet fleet is stopped, or forced further out to sea, many small and medium fishing businesses in Pakistan may be forced out of business within a year.
The Society has asked the Pakistan Federal Government to extend its sea limits to one hundred miles from the coast to give its fishermen a chance to rebuild their fishing industry which has dwindled from a daily intake of 100 tons of fish to just over ten tons of fish.
At the moment, only about half the fleet is at sea. Many of them, says the society, to feed the fishermen themselves. The fishermen say that with the lack of fish, it's just not an economical proposition to go looking for them, and until something is done to remedy the situation, they say they will continue their hunger strike.