Fisheries Minister Douglas Devananda emphasized the collaborative development of aquaculture with assistance from the World Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). He further highlighted that the proposed Fisheries Act aims to safeguard the rights of the fishing community, ensuring their protection from harm.

Moreover, the Minister reiterated the invitation for private sector investments to bolster the fishing industry’s advancement. Additionally, there is a concerted effort to leverage foreign investments for the development of the fishing sector. Notably, aquaculture initiatives continue to receive support from the World Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Addressing a press briefing titled ‘Collective Path to a Stable Country,’ held today (20) at the Presidential Media Center (PMC) Fisheries Minister Douglas Devananda further said that,

The necessary arrangements for the adoption of the amended new Fisheries Bill are currently underway. It is expected to bolster fish resources through the advancement of the fishing industry. The current draft of the fisheries legislation is being meticulously prepared for presentation to parliament, ensuring alignment with the perspectives of all relevant trade unions. Through this forthcoming Act, the rights of the fishing community will be safeguarded, with assurances against any detriment to their well-being.

Furthermore, we have extended invitations for private sector investments to facilitate the growth of the fishing industry. Concurrently, our objective is to foster the development of the fishing sector through the utilization of foreign investments. Collaboratively, aquaculture initiatives are progressing with support from the World Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

Increasing sea temperatures and rampant illegal fishing practices have led to a decline in fish resources globally. Notably, on our island, efforts are underway to counteract this trend through the cultivation of shrimps, crabs, and seaweed to sustain aquatic ecosystems. Additionally, I have been made aware of the protest staged by Negombo fishermen outside the Cardinal’s residence. Recognizing my moral obligation to address this matter, I am committed to engaging with all involved parties to facilitate discussions and work towards an equitable resolution.