Mar 25, Colombo: Sri Lanka Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources has announced that the permission of Sri Lanka Navy is no longer needed for the fishermen to engage in fishing activities in the country's seas.
Sri Lanka Navy issued a special identity card to the fishermen during the war time as a measure of national security. Only those who possess the identity card were allowed to engage in fishing. Raids were conducted at fisheries harbors and in deep sea and the fishermen who could not produce the identity card were arrested.
Following the end of war the fishermen demanded the regulation be revoked to make it easier for them to carry their livelihood.
Accordingly, following the discussions with Sri Lanka Navy, the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources announced that the fisherman's identity card issued by the Ministry is sufficient for sea going.
Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Rajitha Senaratne held talks in this regard with the Commander of Sri Lanka Navy Vice Admiral Jayanath Colombage.