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US$4.5 bn worth marine resources pillaged by Indian fishermen annually, say Sri Lankan fishermen by Zulfick Farzan April 14,2021   |  Source: News 1st

Indian fishing vessels illegally fishing in Sri Lankan waters pillage around Rs. 900 billion worth of valuable marine resources in the northern seas of Sri Lanka.

The Chief of the Northern Province Fisheries Association M. V. Subramanium speaking to News 1st said that the proposal to offer permits to Indian fishermen to fish in Sri Lankan waters is unacceptable.

“This has not happened anywhere else and we are not ready to give up our resources,” he said while alleging that every Indian fishing boat entering Sri Lankan waters is connected to Indian politicians and most of these boats belong to Members of the Legislative Assembly in Tamil Nadu who are sponsoring these illegal acts.

On Tuesday (13), News 1st exposed how Indian fishing vessels illegally enter Sri Lankan waters not far from the Island of Delft, under the cover of darkness to pillage our marine resources.

The Indian fishing vessels were using a fishing method banned in Sri Lanka, which is called Bottom Trawling.

Bottom trawling is an industrial fishing method where a large net with heavy weights is dragged across the seafloor, scooping up everything in its path, from the targeted fish to incidentally caught, centuries-old corals.

These nets are dragged by two large trawlers, equipped with

 

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