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* Northern Sri Lanka fishermen protest against illegal poachers
Wed, Dec 5, 2012, 09:01 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Dec 05, Mullaitivu: Fishermen in the Mullaitivu District in Northern Sri Lanka have staged a protest today against illegal poachers in Sri Lankan waters.

Local media reports said that the fishermen had staged a protest demanding that authorities initiate action to prevent fisheries resources from being exploited by foreigners.

They have also claimed that local fishermen from other areas in the country were also engaged in fishing activities in the area depriving the fishermen from Mullaitivu from engaging in their main form of livelihood.

About 23 fisheries organizations have handed over a petition to the Government Agent of Mullaitivu, N. Vedanayagan following the protest.

Meanwhile, the Sri Lanka Navy earlier in the week arrested 37 Indian fishermen in Sri Lankan waters.

Indian fishermen, mainly from Tamil Nadu, illegally poaching in large scale with trawlers in Sri Lanka's waters, have become a serious threat to the livelihoods of Sri Lankan fishermen.

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