Feb 12, Jaffna: Fishermen in Sri Lanka's Northern Province have issued a deadline to local and Indian fishermen to stop using illegal fishing methods in the Northern waters.
The Jaffna Fishermen's Federation has issued a warning to Indian and local fishermen to stop using fishing methods that are prohibited in the Northern waters from February 15.
President of the Federation, A. Emiliyampillai has been quoted in the local media that the decision was taken in order to preserve the marine diversity in the Northern waters from the area surrounding Chundikulai in the North-Eastern part of the Jaffna peninsula up to the Delft Island.
He has explained that bottom trawlers and other types of fishing gear like purse seine nets have been prohibited to safeguard the marine resources in the Northern waters.
He has added that Indian trawlers remained a big challenge to the Northern fishermen since they violate whatever decisions that had been taken to prevent the infiltration of Indian boats into Sri Lankan waters.