Oct 06, Colombo: Sri Lanka's fisheries industry has experienced a significant development during the last five years after the end of the war, the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resource Development says.
According to the Ministry statistics, the annual fish harvest in 2008 was amounted to 309,000 metric tons and by 2012 it has increased 57 percent to over 486,000 metric tons.
The country earned 68 million rupees from fishing in 2008 and it nearly double to 135 million rupees in 2012.
During the five-year period over 40 percent more fishermen got involved in the industry and accordingly, the number of multi-day boats used in fishing has also increased.
After the three-decade long war ended in May 2009, the government and the Navy gradually eased the restrictions that were imposed on fishing activities in the North during the reign of terror. The government partially lifted restrictions imposed in the Eastern seas in 2008.
The Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resource Development Rajitha Senaratne recently revealed plans to boost deep sea fishing and double tuna exports by 2015 with the help of new vessels from Japan and China.
According to the Minister the industry plans to double fishery exports from US$ 250 million to about US$ 500 million.