Indo-Lanka fishermen pow-wow today

Monday, 27 January 2014 00:00 -     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

As tensions escalate over fishing in Sri Lankan territorial waters, fisher representatives from India and Sri Lanka will meet in Chennai today for talks to attempt to resolve the conflict. The Sri Lankan delegation which will leave for Chennai today will focus on ongoing encroachment and poaching by Indian fishing trawlers and the damage to the marine ecosystem by Indian boats that use the bottom trawling method. Director General of the Department of Fisheries Nimal Hettiacachchi, Assitant Director of the Department Lal De Silva, Assistant Director of the Department (Jaffna) D.S. Miranda, Advisor to the Department Dr. S. Subasinghe, State Counsel Nuwan Pieris and several representatives from fishing associations will join the delegation for the talks. Tamil Nadu State Fisheries Minister K.A. Jeyapaul, State and Coast Guard officials and 12 fishermen representatives from coastal districts of Tamil Nadu will participate in the talks. The two sides will aim at reaching consensus and signing a MoU on the issue in the future.