Fishing Restrictions lifted in Eastern Seas
In order to uplift the livelihood of the fishing community in the Eastern Province, the fishing restrictions, which were in force in the Eastern seas for security reasons, have been lifted with effect from today (20th June 2012).
The fishing industry in the Eastern Province had suffered many setbacks due to LTTE terror and the fishermen had to eke out their living with limited access to the fishing grounds. With the lifting of the restrictions, they will now have greater access to engage in their traditional livelihood.
The Navy invites fisherman to make maximum use of the opportunity which has been made available for their benefit. They are requested to refrain from illegal fishing practices and to cooperate with law- enforcement officials to ensure safety of fishing grounds and sea areas.
Due to the terrorist activities, coastal fisher families had been left destitute and fish resources of the island nation had been rendered under-utilized for over two decades. With the new-found freedom to engage in their livelihood, fishing communities are now expected to play a key role in improving the country’s fishing industry through increased fish harvests and thereby contributing to the economic prosperity of the country.