Astola Island Balochistan Pakistan. The earth seas and oceans are veritable treasure trove they are home to about 80 percent of the world’s biodiversity nearly half the world’s population lives along coastlines and this abundance of marine resources is vital not only to their livelihoods and well-being but also contributes significantly to the economies of many countries this is!0 of Pakistan as well in many of the country’s coastal towns and villages fishing is the sole source of employment and income generation and also a major food source however unsustainable resource use coupled with them pacts of urbanization and industrialization are increasingly threatening these resources studies have shown a decline in Pakistan’s Marine Fisheries production since 1999 despite an increase in the number of active fishing vessels.
One of the most effective means for protecting marine and coastal biodiversity is through the establishment and proper management of marine protected areas or MPAs these are created by delineating zones with permitted and non permitted uses within the NPA well-managed MPAs can help fish stocks and other marine resources recover from the adverse impacts of human activities one by g7 through the efforts of the National coordinating body of the mangroves for the future Pakistan program and following a resolution passed at the 2016 World Conservation.
Congress Astola Island Balochistan Pakistan has officially declared Pakistan’s first-ever marine protected area on 15 June 2070 a stola island locally called hostile are all the island of seven hills is the largest uninhabited offshore island located along the Balochistan coast the scenic spot has all the hallmarks of a tourist gateway sand beaches clear water and a remarkable variety of marine life nearly 25 species of coral are found in its surrounding waters along with the Arabian Sea.
humpback whale dolphins and a number of rare marine mammals and fish species a stole our sandy beaches provide nesting grounds for sea turtle particularly the endangered green turtle and the hawksbill turtle the island is also the only place in the world where the Estella saw-scaled vipers found apart from a stola Pakistan’s coastline boasts a number for the sites which are rich in biodiversity churna Island near the port city of Karachi is the most prominent and is visited by thousands of tourists every year NC be led efforts are now on the way to get the journey and to other sites coatl Bay and me Annie Hall declared MPAs marine protected areas can conserve and sustain important landscapes and seascapes steps now need to be taken to ensure that the Estella MPA is collaboratively and sustainably managed