Navy assists coast guard to arrest 10 Indian fishermen

Having brought the arrested fishermen and their trawlers to a Naval Base they were handed over to the Assistant Director of Fisheries in Jaffna for further action. India and Sri Lanka held Ministerial level talks this week aimed at resolving the fishing issue. India’s Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Radha Mohan Singh met with Minister for Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development of Sri Lanka Mahinda Amaraweera in Colombo and exchanged views on possible mechanisms to help find a permanent solution to the fishermen issues.The Sri Lankan side reiterated that the practice of bottom trawling needs to end at the earliest. The Indian side assured that bottom trawling would be phased out in a graded time-bound manner within a practicable timeframe keeping in mind the capacity building of the fishermen who have to be diversified into deep sea fishing as well as other coastal fisheries activities including mariculture, pearl farming, seaweed culture, etc. (Colombo Gazette) The Navy arrested 10 Indian fishermen for poaching in Sri Lankan waters, the Navy media unit said.The Sri Lanka Navy said it assisted the Coast Guard to arrest the 10 Indian fishermen along with 2 Indian fishing trawlers poaching in Sri Lankan waters in the Northern seas. This week Sri Lanka urged India to end bottom trawling in order to resolve a long standing fishing dispute.