Aug 16, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Deputy Minister of Fisheries Sarath Kumara Gunaratna says that the Indian fishermen poaching in Sri Lanka's territorial waters have put local fishermen in trouble and they are at risk of losing their livelihood.
The Deputy Minister said that he himself had observed around 150 trawlers coming closer to the Sri Lankan shore in Pesalai area for poaching.
He pointed out that these trawlers destroy the sea through overfishing by using illegal fishing gear.
He also said that the local fishermen avoid going for fishing on the days the organized groups of Indian trawlers are expected.
Meanwhile, 41 Indian fishermen, who were arrested while poaching in Sri Lankan waters, were produced before Mannar Magistrate Anandhi Kanagaratnam today. The magistrate ordered the release of eight Indian fishermen and the others be remanded until August 22.