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Sri Lanka appoints committee to look for permanent solution on fishermen issue January 27,2021   |  Source: PTI

Sri Lankan government has appointed a three-member committee which will make recommendations on measures to stop poaching by Indian fishermen inside the country's waters, the Ministry of Fisheries said on Tuesday, a week after four people were killed when an Indian trawler capsized after colliding with a Sri Lankan Navy vessel.

Fisheries Minister Douglas Devananda has appointed the committee of senior officials from his ministry who would be talking to all stakeholders to try and find a permanent solution to this recurring issue, officials said.

Last week, India lodged a strong protest with Sri Lanka over the death of four fishermen in a collision between their vessel and a naval craft of the island nation, saying steps should be taken to ensure that such incidents do not recur.

The Indian fishing trawler sank in the Sri Lankan waters about 8 nautical miles within the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) northwest of Delft Island.The fishermen were from Tamil Nadu and they had set out for fishing on January 18.

India expressed “deep anguish” over the incident and emphasised the need to deal with issues pertaining to fishermen in a humanitarian manner.

“Existing understandings between the two governments in that regard must be strictly observed.



Theme(s): Fishing Craft, Gear and Fishing Methods.

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