Local fishermen in Gwadar unintentionally caught an extremely rare sunfish that weighs over 2 tones and is typically found in the deep sea.
According to the details, Gwader fishermen were taken aback by what they unexpectedly caught in their traps on Friday. According to source, the fishermen caught a rare fish species known as ‘Sunfish.’
Last month, the Senate urged the federal government to build fisheries storage facilities in Gwadar so that impoverished fishermen are not forced to sell their products to multinational trawlers.
Senator Danesh Kumar raised the issue of illegal smuggling of fisheries within Balochistan during a meeting of the Senate Standing Committee on Commerce, which was chaired by Senator Zeeshan Khanzada.
He told the committee that because of a lack of storage capacity and technology, local fishermen are forced to sell their catch to global trawlers.
Senator Zeeshan Khanzada, Chairman of the Committee, directed that data on this issue be obtained from provincial governments and institutions, and that it be presented to the committee so that a policy can be developed.
The fish, known locally as Sowa, fetched Rs. 676,000 at an auction at a local fish market, according to details.
This is the third such catch in less than a week. Previously, on May 30, a rare Sowa (croaker) fish caught off the coast of Jiwani was auctioned off for Rs. 8.6 million.
The unusual croaker weighed 48 kilograms. Ahmed Nadeem, Deputy Director of Fisheries, confirmed that a fisherman named Waheed Baloch, from Gwadar’s Pishukan village and a resident of Koh-e-Sar Bazar, became a millionaire overnight.
According to aquatic life experts, the Sowa fish breeds near the shores of Jiwani and adjacent seas during the summer. Large croaker fish were in high demand in Europe and China.
Prior to that catch, Abdul Haq, a fisherman, had landed a croaker fish that was sold for Rs. 780,000.
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