Scuba Adventures

Country Pakistan
Started 2014

The coastal city of Karachi, Pakistan has a population of 23.5 million (2003). There are hundred’s of villages of fisherfolk communities in the coastal areas of Karachi whose bare survival depends on the fishing sector, which has been under tremendous pressure due to several factors, some of the factors include over-fishing by local and foreign trawlers. Unregulated fishing methods, use of nets that are officially not allowed, dynamite fishing, spear fishing etc. Gone are the days when fisherfolk used to have an exacting method and during certain fishing season hunting was not allowed during the hatching season. This is not the case now. Traditional fishermen used to be careful not to catch small wish and used to use nets with beg mesh size but not anymore. Unfortunately present fishing trends have badly affected the system. Driven by the urge and understandable “greed” to extract more financial gains at the present fishermen resort to overfishing and the use of nets that have been officially banned by the relevant authorities. There is a huge problem of derelict nets at sites where snorkelers and specially Scuba Diver’s frequent. These include derelict nets at ship wrecks and on an a small Island called CHARNA Island, which is frequented by approximately 200-300 snorkelers and a handful of divers every Saturday and Sunday including sport and commercial fishing boats. The SAP Project The project was initiated in 2014 by Syed Mansoor Ahmed and a team of technical and experienced recreational divers. All divers have been actively diving in the areas where derelict nets are found. Our main goals include: 1) Cleaning the reefs in a range of zero to 25 Mtrs 2) identifying dive sites that suffered most from fishing activities and work towards clearing derelict nets and documenting same. 3) Collecting photographs of all sites where we will work Future Plans We have just started this initiative and hope that more divers will join us.Some of us are TDI Technical Diver’s while a vast majority are PADI Recreational divers.