Alltech in collaboration with Government College University (GCU) and partnered with University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS) and Pakistan Fisheries Society (PFS) had organized an AQUA INDEPENDENCE WEEK PAKISTAN. It was a three day international online symposium on Fisheries and Aquaculture.

International and national experts, universities and government officials, farmers, processors, feed millers, students had actively participated in the symposium.

The broad objectives of this symposium were to think globally and act locally, focus on industry led challenges, group all professional together and devise value creation model for aqua industry, public awareness and support young professional and entrepreneurs.

The online symposium opened by Prof. Dr. Atif Yaqoob, GCU on August 12, 2020.  The session was chaired by Prof. Dr. Asghar Zaidi, Vice Chancellor – GCU and Co-Chaired by Dr. Shahzad Naveed Jadoon, CEO/Director- Alltech Pakistan Pvt. Ltd.

An international speaker, Dr. Steve bird from University of Waikato, New Zealand discussed the trends in aquaculture research.

After him, Dr. Ayub, President Pakistan Fisheries Society, gave a brief presentation on Aquaculture outlook.  After the talk, questions were taken. The chair of the session Prof. Dr. Asghar Zaidi (T.I)  appreciated the whole idea of Aqua Independence week and said that at the  completion of this symposium, some document must be prepared that will be helpful in understanding What aquaculture industry is, and how this symposium can be a supportive to boast its growth.

After him, the co-chair of the session, Dr. Shahzad Naveed Jadoon address the participants and emphasized that there is need to align research with industry needs and challenges, only then we be able to address the issues efficiently . He said it’s time to think globally and act locally and promote the local talent. He further added that fish is future protein and aquaculture is future of farming, there is huge potential but there is a need to set the direction right towards the goal.

The following day was moderated by Dr. Mehwish Faheem, GCU while chaired by Prof. Dr. Noureen Aziz Qureshi, Vice Chancellor, and GCWU-Faisalabad and co-chaired by Ex-VC of BZU Multan, Prof. Dr. M. Naeem. Speakers shared the technology advancements in aquaculture Pakistan and discussed IPRS, processing and hatchery practices and related challenges.

Mr. Samiullah Khan, Himalaya hatchery and Mr. Afzaal Sipra, Fin and gills reprented fish processing segment and highlighted the trends, challenges and consumer behavior towards fish and fish products.

Mr. Javed Sindhu, Tawakal hatchery talked about the dire need to strengthen research in order to produce fish with low bone content which is more preferred by local consumer. Dr. Shafaq Fatima, LCWU gave a presentation on IPRS technology in Pakistan.  Questions from audience were addressed. Dr. Hafeez ur Rehman also participated and shared the advancement in processing made by UVAS.

After which the co-chair, Prof. Dr. Naeem appreciated the presenter and the efforts that they have put together for the betterment of this industry.

Prof. Dr. Noureen Qureshi, Chair of the session also admired the concept and emphasized that the industry now has to club together for better outcomes. There is a need to promote collaborations.

On August 14, the session was hosted by Dr. Shahzad Naveed Jadoon, CEO/Director Alltech Pakistan.

The session chaired by Prof. Dr. Talat Naseer Pasha (S.I), Vice Chancellor UOE-Lahore and

Co-chaired by Prof. Dr. Naseem Ahmad, (S.I) Vice Chancellor UVAS. Prof. Dr. Noor Khan-UVAS discussed the recent developments in aquaculture system.

Followed by him, Prof. Dr. Atif Yaqoob gave a presentation on climate change, global water resources and threats to fisheries.  After their talk, Dr. Shahzad Naveed Jadoon highlighted the short, medium and long term needs of aquaculture industry of Pakistan.

He also discussed the way forwards and how different programs like aqua value creation model, aqua young scientist, nexus of academia and public private sector can be beneficial for the uplift of this industry.

The chair and co-Chair also supported the  speakers and suggested that there should be collaborations between private public and academia and some programs for training local human resource should be devise immediately.

They further emphasized on public awareness and consumer education programs that should be aired.

The three day symposium was wrapped up with Pakistan National anthem.