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Pakistanis to protest arrival of Chinese fishing vessels

Fishermen say letting in giant trawlers means 'selling the seas' to Beijing

Fishermen return with the day's catch in the village of Ibrahim Hyderi on the outskirts of Karachi.   © Reuters

QUETTA, Pakistan -- Fishermen in Pakistan will protest the arrival of 20 Chinese deep-sea trawlers that will fish in the exclusive economic zone off Sindh and Baluchistan provinces.

The pressure group Pakistan Fisherfolk Forum has announced a campaign against the trawlers' arrival near Karachi. According to the PFF, fish stocks in coastal areas have already declined by more than 72% since last year due to uncontrolled fishing. Now they fear that the trawlers will further deplete Pakistan's marine resources.

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