Sept 30, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Mahinda Amaraweera has instructed the police and the navy to strictly enforce law against fishermen engaged in dynamite and blast fishing.
The Minister met with the police and navy on 26th September and issued directives to enforce law strictly against the fishermen involved in dynamite and blast fishing since the use of such illegal fishing methods are being increasingly reported.
The Fisheries Advisory Committee met on 26th with the participation of officials from Ministries of Mahaweli, Irrigation and Wildlife, Coast Guard, Navy and Police and with fishery organization representatives.
The representatives from fishery unions briefed the Minister that dynamite and blast fishing have increased in the Eastern province, resulting in a huge damage to fish, corals, seaweed, fish seed and fingerlings.
The officials also stated that such dynamite blasted fish are likely to rot and become inedible immediately.
The destructive fishing destroys the reefs and sea bed affecting income of small fisherman and tourism activities.
Accordingly the Minister issued directives to raid and arrest persons engaged in dynamite fishing and transporting and selling dynamite blasted fish.
The Director General of the Fisheries Department mentioned that 352 raids have been conducted by department officials following public information. The persons arrested have been produced before court.
Minister Amaraweera also instructed the security forces to find out the persons selling explosives to the fishermen and arrest them too.