GCUF collaboration with Newcastle University UK makes further progress in using Fish as a bio-indicator of Indus River water pollution
An international seminar was organised by Professor Dr. Farhat Jabeen, Chairperson Department of Zoology and Dr. Abdul Shakoor Chaudhry from the School of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development, Newcastle University, UK on recent trends and techniques to evaluate aquatic toxicity under their joint Projects on 21-12-2016. The projects include an International Strategic Partnership for Research and Education (INSPIRE) and Strategic Partnership Extension for Knowledge Exchange (SPEKE). The projects are funded by the British Council (BC) and Pakistan Higher Education Commission (HEC). The seminar at GCUF was attended by around 150 delegates from different organisations. Worthy Vice Chancellor GCUF Professor Dr Muhammad Ali (TI) graced the occasions as the Chief Guest. Prof. Dr. Farhat Jabeen, Prof. Dr. Kausar Malik from University of the Punjab and Dr. Qaiser M. Khan from NIBGE Faisalabad delivered presentations on different aspects of aquatic toxicity during this seminar. The event at GCUF was concluded with the shield and certificate distribution to the speakers and the delegates by the Worthy Vice Chancellor Professor Dr Muhammad Ali (TI). The project team also held interactive briefing sessions at fish landing sites with the fish contractors, fishermen and local community. The fishermen raised concerns regarding the water quality and quantity that ultimately cause fluctuations in the collection of fish species, size, amount and quality. It was remarkable to observe the hard work that the fishermen had to perform due to the existence of very basic facilities in catching and landing fish for human consumption. These multiple activities facilitated the project team to share knowledge and experience with different stakeholders regarding the impact of river water pollution on fish quality, toxicity and consequently the livelihood of fishermen and human wellbeing. The project team emphasised that concerted efforts were needed in dealing with water pollution in order to eradicate this menace that otherwise would continue to hurt fish and humans alike in the foreseeable future.