The University of Okara’s Department of Fisheries & Aquaculture arranged Fisheries Week with a range of activities for awareness about various species of endemic and exotic fishes. The Week started with an opening ceremony, presided over by the Vice Chancellor, Prof Dr Muhammad Wajid.
A seminar on “Entrepreneurship Opportunities for Youth in Fisheries and Aquaculture Sector in Pakistan” was held at the opening day.
Dr Imdad Ullah Salaar, Deputy Director of Training, Fisheries Development Board, Islamabad was the guest speaker. He shared various innovative startup ideas for fisheries sector.
The second day started with an Art Competition about the ‘Life Below Water’ which is a very important Sustainable Development Goal (SDG). The students decorated different areas of campus and highlighted the fact of increasing pollution in the water system.
Third day was marked as Character Day. A Cooking Competition as held on the fourth day where the students cooked sea food based dishes. Pakistan’s per capita fish consumption is 2.5 kg annually and the main theme of the event was to aware the local community to enhance the fish consumption.
A seminar on “Oxidative Stress: An Emerging Challenge in Aquaculture” was organized on the fifth day. Dr Mahrooz Fatima, Assistant Professor in Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture at the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS) was the Guest Speaker.
She highlighted the importance of Fisheries sector during the Q&A session.