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Pakistan Upgrades Aquaculture Research Station

30 October 2014, at 12:00am

PAKISTAN - A Fisheries and Aquaculture Research Station has been established with the support of Higher Education Commission (HEC) to upgrade the existing research facilities of the department of animal sciences and to equip fisheries students with the latest trends and techniques in aquaculture.

The facility is well designed, consisting of open field earthen ponds and concrete tanks, raceways and indoor facility comprising fiber tanks and glass aquaria, reports TheNation.

Thus students have an opportunity to conduct their research in controlled, semi-controlled and natural conditions.

Dr Amina Zubieri, assistant professor, department of animal sciences QAU, said that specific objective of research is to address the basic issues like fish nutrition, fish welfare, feed formulation, selection of disease resistance and fast growing strain of fisheries sector and transfer the technology to fish farmer.

“Pakistan is blessed with vast water bodies like rivers, streams, canals, drain, lake, dams and water flood areas but in spite of endowment in natural resources, fisheries sector contributes 3.5 per cent in agriculture production and shares only one per cent of GDP, while annual per capita fish consumption in Pakistan is far behind (only 2.4 kg) as compared to many countries of the region,” said Dr Amina Zubieri.

She urged the need for running fisheries and aquaculture activities on scientific scale.

“In Pakistan, fisheries and aquaculture sector is contributing significantly in fish production but as compared to most of other countries, it is not technologically advanced. Moreover our captured fisheries is showing continuous decreasing trend,” she added.

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