Karachi: Fisheries and Biodiversity Awareness exhibition and drive was held at the National Institute of Maritime Affairs (NIMA) on 24th November 2021, in Karachi.
NIMA organized a weeklong awareness drive as part of the celebrations of World Fisheries Day 2021. Cdre (R) Ali Abbas SI(M) Director NIMA hosted the inauguration ceremony and highlighted the importance of marine life and the negative impact of its overexploitation.
He further appealed the youth to contribute towards the revival of a healthy ocean ecosystem. Vice Admiral (Retd) Khawaja Ghazanfar Hussain HI(M), Director General, Bahria University of Karachi, graced the event as chief guest.
The event helped to create a positive impact on youth and enhanced knowledge about maritime resources, fisheries, and biodiversity. The drive allowed them to interact with experts and their peers to understand the balance between the ecosystem and resource extraction.
Biodiversity is an essential factor in the sustainability of life underwater. The importance of even a single sea creature living in the sea cannot be ignored as the depletion of any organism can disrupt the ecosystem and lead to an inadequate supply of fish species.
The experts highlighted during the event that due to by-catch, overfishing, and illegal fishing practices, many marine species are endangered or threatened. Along with these reasons, high-level pollutions and climatic change are also leading threats to biodiversity particularly the corals, said Dr. Amjad Ali, Assistant Professor of Center of Excellence in Biology, Karachi University.
In the event, stalls were arranged by the Center of Marine Biology, University of Karachi, Aquatic Diagnostic Lab, Bahria University of Karachi Campus (BUKC), School of Maritime Sciences (BUKC), Department of Geophysics (BUKC), and National Institute of Maritime Sciences (NIMA).
People were delighted to see colorful stalls where Marine specimens were displayed and the importance of ecosystem balance was communicated by domain experts. During the exhibition, Dr. Asif Inam, Head of Department of School of Maritime Science praised the effort of NIMA Karachi for organizing such an informative drive and for captivating the youth in understanding the impact of marine life on the overall environment.
This event was attended by many eminent personalities and domain experts, Intellectuals, Govt Officials, faculty members, students, and other maritime stakeholders.