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Fisheries Week 2022 was celebrated with great enthusiasm by the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture of Okara University

Lahore (General Reporter) Various events were organized during the week including seminars, walks, exhibitions and cooking competitions. The events started with a grand opening ceremony presided over by the Vice-Chancellor Prof. Dr. Muhammad Wajid.
After the inauguration ceremony, a seminar on “Business Opportunities for Youth in Fisheries Sector of Pakistan” was held. Deputy Director Training, Fisheries Development Board Islamabad, Dr. Imdadullah Salar, participated as guest speaker. He discussed various ideas regarding fisheries business.
The second day started with an exhibition on the theme “Underwater Life”. Students illustrated the increasing water pollution through various models. The third day was celebrated as Character Day. On the fourth day, cooking competitions were held in which students prepared various fish dishes. The objective of these competitions was to increase per capita fish consumption in Pakistan. This consumption is currently around two and a half kilograms per capita per year.
A seminar was organized on the fifth day. Dr. Mahroz Fatima, Assistant Professor, University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences participated as a guest speaker. He talked about various aspects of Pakistan’s fisheries sector.
Prize distribution ceremony was held on the last day. Professor Wajid was the chief guest. He distributed prizes to the best performing students. Talking to the students on this occasion, he said that the fish diversity is decreasing in Pakistan and we have established Fisheries Research Complex to conduct research in this regard. On the platform of this complex, the biology of fishes brought to Pakistan from other countries will be researched.
In this regard, he further said that it is very important to formulate a comprehensive policy of complete research on different types of fish coming from outside before releasing them into the local water system. Our research complex will house various exotic fish in 23 pounds and our PhD students will research them.
At the end of the Fisheries Week, the Vice-Chancellor planted trees on a large scale in our campus of the Faculty of Life Sciences. The purpose of this plantation is to increase the biodiversity of birds.

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