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With scaling back cold, fishermen of Karachi are prepared to take on the tides for appealing seafood probably from next February 2020. Talking to Business Recorder on Thursday, President Native Islanders Fishermen Association, Asif Bhatti said that "this winter was intense and long for fishermen".

He said that the fresh windy weather will help wind up the cold spell that took one fisherman's life onboard while left three other paralysed. The deadly incident forced other fishermen to stop hunt and bring their boats to the moorages until the weather becomes pleasant and plausible for fishing, he said, adding that the operations will resume within two days.

He pointed out that the sea has more than sufficient bait for hunt which will help offset the fishermen losses they faced this winter from lack of operations. "Now weather is good for hunt," he said, adding that boats are likely to unmoor to off the coast for a new start. The key species of fish, which the fishermen will like to hunt, include surmai, suwa, saram, dother, mulla, kund etc., and all those still having appeal on the global market.

Pakistan' seafood export grew 23 percent to $225.071 million in July-Dec 2019-20, official figure say. Increase in the seafood export stands at $41.423 million in July-Dec 2019-20 from $183.648 million in July-Dec 2018-19, Pakistan Bureau of Statistics shows.

Country's seafood export grows to 94,000 metric tonnes in July-Dec 2019-20 that is 14461 metric tonnes increase from 79,539 metric tonnes in July-Dec 2018-19. In Dec 2019, Pakistan exported $40.776 million of seafood, up by 5 percent or $1.913 million from $38.863 million in Dec 2018. In term of volume, seafood export went up by 4.09 percent or 769 metric tonnes to 19,548 metric tonnes in Dec 2019 from 18,779 metric tonnes in Dec 2018.

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