KARACHI (PPI) - An official of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) - Pakistan, Dr Ejaz Ahmed, has alleged that foreign trawlers, particularly from Japan, Taiwan, Korea and Russia are involved in fishing whales and sharks from Pakistani waters. Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) in its report had ranked Pakistan as 12th in the world, from where shark meat was being exported to other countries, he told. Talking to PPI, he said: Although international pressure has forced the trawler mafia to reduce their anti-marine life activity but still it could not be denied that the illegal business has totally ended. Referring to uproar in Japan over whales fishing by trawlers, he noted that in past trawlers from Japan and Russia were involved in fishing whales and sharks from Pakistani waters but later, such ones from Korea and Taiwan were also found involved in fishing the marine species from Pakistani waters. There are eight species of dolphins, and four of whales including Bottlenose dolphin, Humpback dolphin, Spinner dolphin, Rissos dolphin, Humpback whale, and one Finless tortoise, all of them marine mammals and few species of sharks are found in Pakistani waters. Some of them are residents of our waters while other migrate to Pakistani waters as guests, he said. Whales and sharks are found in deep-sea waters while dolphins could be witnessed at beaches of Sonmiani, Miani Hor, Hawksbay, Sandspit, Korangi Creek, and Ketti Bandar where they come in search of food or for breeding in mangroves. A number of these dolphins die while ramming into fishing boats and some others are struck in fishermens nets, he added. When asked why no effective measures are being taken to check this illegal fishing, he pointed out shortcomings in monitoring system, saying, There are black sheep present in monitoring bodies as foreign trawlers could not continue their illegal activity without their connivance. He suggested arranging satellite monitoring to check foreign trawlers movement in order to put a halt to their anti-marine life activities. He stressed the need to include NGOs working on environment protection to play their vital role in marine conservation. He recalled Darwin Initiative Project executed by WWF-Pakistan in collaboration with University of Karachi and the national cetacean conservation group called the Pakistan Whale and Dolphin Society in 2007. This project proved a source of information and support for the conservation of our whales, dolphins and tortoises, with the assistance of the Cetacean Conservation Pakistan who carried out the surveys of our coasts and seas, he added. Dr Ahmed urged to take benefit from The Cetacean Conservation Pakistans surveys at sea both inshore and offshore. The results of these surveys provide information to assess the status of the marine life and threats to their population, he said adding research work carried out by University of Karachi on marine life could also provide data in this connection.