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MEETING AT NIO & VISIT OF MAKRAN & SINDH COASTS BY SENATE SUB-COMMITTEE OF THE STANDING COMMITTEE ON PLANNING, DEVELOPMENT AND REFORMS, 28 March 2016
The Convenor Dr. Khawaja welcomed all the respected members of the Parliament, Provincial Assembly of Sindh, Representative of the Provincial and Federal Governments. He provided a brief background to the issue and how the Senate's Standing Committee on S&T had taken on this initiatives over a year ago. He stressed the need for a developing and understanding, the importance of collaboration, cooperation amongst all stakeholders and building consensus on national issues.
The proceedings began with the recitation from the Holy Quran. The Convenor Dr. Khawaja welcomed all the respected members of the Parliament, Provincial Assembly of Sindh, Representative of the Provincial and Federal Governments. He provided a brief background to the issue and how the Senate's Standing Committee on S&T had taken on this initiatives over a year ago. He stressed the need for a developing and understanding, the importance of collaboration, cooperation amongst all stakeholders and building consensus on national issues. .......Detail.
Visit of the Sub-Committee on a Chopper to Coastal Areas of Balochistan & Sindh
The SC comprising of Senator Karim Ahmed Khawaja, Senator Siraj-ul-Haq and Senator Muhammad Mohsin Khan Laghari accompanied by the Director General, National Institute of Oceanography, Dr. Asif Inam made an aerial visit to the coast of Balochistan & Sindh.
Senator Siraj ul Haq and Senator Karim Ahmed Khawaja addressed the audience during the short stopover at Gwadar and Shahbunder about the measures the Committee is going to take with reference to the issue of sea water intrusion in the coastal belts of Sindh and Balochistan.
NIO team members with Senator Siraj ul Haq & Senator Karim Khawaja.
Aerial View of Sindh Coast
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R&D work at GWADER, BALOCHISTAN
NIO has conducted coastal survey off Gwadar from 23-27 February 2016. During the oceanographic survey, observation of physical, chemical, geological and biological parameters are collected. The possibility of establishing permanent oceanographic observation stations on the coast was also explored. This survey was under NIO's regular R&D and will undertake the coast and shallow water monitoring program.
During the survey, samples were collected from ten oceanographic stations, using Conductivity Temperature Density (CTD), Grab, Niskin and plankton nets were used.
During the cruise, newly acquired Side Scan Sonar was used, the instrument is state-of-art system for detecting objects on the seafloor. Luckily during the survey, team has identified sunken fishing boat at the bottom of coastal area. This was a test for a newly acquired instrument for the fine scale at which the instrument may be able to provide seafloor observations.
NIO has a oceanographic substation at Gwadar and maintains local staff at the facility, during the survey one of the objectives was to provide on the job, hands on training to the NIO Gwadar staff in the field and laboratory. The Gwader staff was involved with the Karachi based NIO team to operate all the instruments and gear on the offshore sampling. Rapid Ecological Survey techniques were explained to the staff and data recording was demonstrated.
UNITED NATIONS COMMISSION ACCEPTS PAKISTANíS CASE ON THE EXTENTED CONTINENTAL SHELF FOR PAKISTAN |
The UN Commission on Limits of Continental Shelf hason Friday 21st March 2015 finally announced adoption of the recommendations for Extension of Pakistan Continental Shelf. With this Pakistanís continental shelf limits stands extended from 200 to 350 nautical miles, giving Pakistan sovereign rights over additional areaof 50,000sq km beyond Pakistanís Exclusive Economic Zone thus increasing Pakistanís maritime area from 240,000 sq km at present to about 290,000 sq km.
Pishukan Fish Landing Jetty
On a request of Gwadar Development Authority (GDA), the National Institute of Oceanography (NIO) carried out detailed bathymetric survey of the Pishukan Fish Harbour. The harbour is facing problem of siltation therefore to make it useful for small and large fishing boats, the Gwadar Development Authority decided to dredge the silt deposited within the jetty area. As a pre-requisite of a dredging, two bathymetric surveys are required to be conducted to determine the volume of silt that need to be dredged before the dredging and after the dredging.
NIO carried out the initial survey in February 2013. This report contains the details of the bathymetric survey and the data acquired. This report also contains the volume of sand at a pre-dredged stage. A comparison of present bathymetric data with the survey conducted by NIO in February 2013 is also included in this report.
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