Lankapage Logo Recent Top Stories
CP 14 YEARS
Go Home Home Serving the Sri Lankan community globally since 2000
go to LankaPage.com

Leading News from Sri Lanka::

* Indian fishermen were well within Sri Lanka's territorial waters - Navy
Tue, Jan 21, 2014, 11:53 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Jan 21, Jaffna: Sri Lankan Navy Monday arrested 25 Indian fishermen for poaching well within the country's waters, the Navy said.

Naval vessels attached to the Northern Naval Command on routine patrol arrested the 25 Indian fishermen and seized six Indian fishing trawlers engaged in bottom trawling in the seas off Delft on 20th January, the Navy said.

The arrested fishermen and trawlers were handed over to the officials of the Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources in Jaffna for legal action.

The Navy said it was compelled to make the arrest since the Indian fishermen were poaching well within the Sri Lanka's territorial waters despite the recent talks held between the two neighboring countries to refrain from illegal methods of fishing and restrict fishing to own waters without any incursions across the IMBL.

The arrests come ahead of the January 27 meeting scheduled between the representatives of fishermen on both sides.

During the ministerial level meeting held between Sri Lanka's Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Dr. Rajitha Senaratne and the Indian union Minster of Agriculture Sharad Pawar on January 15, the two sides agreed to release all the fishermen detained in each other's jails.

Indian fishing vessels poaching in Sri Lankan waters have deprived the Sri Lankan fishermen of their legal fish catch and threatened their livelihood. Wanton bottom trawling resorted to by Indian poachers has caused enormous damage to the marine ecology in the Palk Bay destroying fish breeding grounds, the Navy says.

ColomboPage - Recent 10 Stories
Sri Lanka opposition candidate says no foreign conspiracy behind decision to challenge President
-- [1 hour and 26 minutes ago]
Foreign conspiracy behind Sri Lanka's common opposition candidate, new ruling party secretary says
-- [3 hours ago]
Cabinet reshuffle pending in Sri Lanka; Nimal Siripala de Silva likely to be named Prime Minister
-- [4 hours ago]
Sri Lanka's television service providers block the common candidate's first interview
-- [5 hours ago]
President commissions Deduru Oya irrigation project in Sri Lanka's North Western Province
-- [6 hours ago]
Sri Lanka presidential candidate's security reduced
-- [7 hours ago]
UNP deputy leader backs Sri Lankan President's challenger
-- [8 hours ago]
Sri Lanka's Hatton National Bank to issue Rs. 4 billion debentures
Sri Lanka's JVP and JHU take time to announce support to the common opposition candidate
Local politician shot in first presidential poll-related incident in Sri Lanka

Copyright © 2000, 2014 by LankaPage.com (LLC) :
The news and other contents on ColomboPage are copyrighted property of LankaPage.com, LLC. Any unauthorized use of any information on ColomboPage may constitute a violation of copyright laws. You need written permission to reproduce, republish, post, transmit, broadcast or distribute, material from this site from LankaPage.com, LLC. However, news organizations or broadcasters in Sri Lanka may republish the news items in ColomboPage with proper acknowledgment to ColomboPage.