Directorate of Fisheries

Fisheries Directorate FATA has been working to improve and expand fish production in order to boost economic activity in the area. The directorate is headed by a director and each agency has an assistant director. The directorate plans and executes projects for the promotion of community based fisheries, protection and preservation of fish biodiversity through local communities, assistance in the development of appropriate fish production technologies and their implementation for the local population of FATA and FRs. It also executes fish stocking and monitoring in public water bodies, like small dams.

Strengths and Opportunities in the Sector

  • Focus on marketing awareness campaigns among farmers leads to increased fishery activities and hence, increased fish production.
  • Improved watershed management is the key to the multiplication and production of fish as it ensures regular and steady supply of water.
  • Extensive and intensive fishery activity provides employment and income opportunities.
  • Fisheries growth is linked to the growth and diversification in irrigation, agriculture and livestock sectors.
  • Large tracts of waste and marginal lands can be put to fish production.
  • Fishery activities can contribute substantially to food security.
  • Fish products are in high demand because they are good for health and have potential to generate income.
  • Dams, harnessing basins and other closed water systems have fish culture as one of the best available options; Improvement in fish biodiversity will improve health of the natural water bodies.
  • Detailed studies of all water bodies are needed for better future planning and development in the sector.

Development Strategy

  • Identification of poor people having potential to earn their livelihood through fish farming.
  • Facilitate the fish seed production to cater for the needs of farmers and enrichment of the water bodies.
  • Assess the shortfalls across the board i.e. government, Non-Governmental Organizations, communities, farmers, businessmen, financial institutions for human resource development and capacity building.
  • Strengthening of extension support services to intensify and diversify fish production systems through adoption of appropriate technologies.
  • Mobilization of local people to take self initiative and establishment of linkages with the public and private sector services, technical assistance and input supply.
  • Improvement of access of local people to markets, social services and rural infrastructures.
  • Mobilization of the people to arrange fish feed from locally available ingredients in the form of agriculture by-products.
  • Enable the Fisheries Directorate and its staff through capacity building and human resource development, to fulfill their task in line with the objectives of the sector.
  • Development of Fisheries Management Information system ( FMIS).
  • To facilitate the rural savings and credit services for on-farm income generation activities and micro enterprises. Work in close collaboration with tribes, farmers, and public sector directorates and research institutions to improve the condition of watersheds for sustained water supply.