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Impact of Destructive Fishing Practices on Fishermen Livelihoods in District Charsadda, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province of Pakistan

Impact of Destructive Fishing Practices on Fishermen Livelihoods in District Charsadda, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province of Pakistan

Muhammad Qasim1*, Said Qasim2, Muhammad Naeem1, Amir Nawaz Khan3 and Shahid Iqbal4

1Department of Economics, University of Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan; 2University of Balochistan, Quetta, Pakistan; 3Faculty of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan; 4Centre for Disaster Preparedness and Management, University of Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan.


*Correspondence | Muhammad Qasim, Ph. D Scholar Department of Economics, University of Peshawar, Pakistan; Email: mqasim78pk@gmail.com 

ABSTRACT

This study attempted to find out the impact of destructive fishing practices on livelihoods of small-scale inland fishers for the years 2001 and 2016, in district Charsadda, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. Three types of fishers were selected for the study i.e. farming fishers, fishing farmers and occasional fishers, through two stage cluster sampling. Livelihoods asset pentagons were used for the analysis. Considerable decline in physical and economic assets were noted among all the three types of fishers, whereas the total value of livelihood assets for farming fishers deteriorated from 0.40 in 2001 to 0.33 in 2016. The study recommends that concerned authorities should take initiative to create awareness regarding conservation of fishes and observe strict implementation of the fishery laws and regulations.
 

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Pakistan Journal of Zoology

December

Vol. 51, Iss. 6, Pages 1999-2399

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