A research conducted by NARA has proved the fact that the total fish
population of Sri Lankan waters is decreasing in an alarming rate due to the
illegal fishing methods carried out in sea areas around the island. The researches have proved that this situation was caused by
the use of purse seines namely Laila and Surukku.
The discussions were held concerning these
banned fishing methods between Hon. Mahinda Amaraweera, the Minister of
Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development and the representatives from
Fishing Unions. Accordingly, it was
decided to ban completely the use of illicit fishing methods with effect from
Accordingly, a new method of using nets was
introduced from 21st of February. The seine should not exceed a
length of 225m and the mesh size should be 2½inches. The height of the seine
should not be more than 25m and it should be with a creel.
Similarly, the number of boats to be used in
fishing shall be 1 and the use of oxygen tanks is also prohibited. However, in
terms of the circular issued by the Ministry, a concessionary period was
granted to the fishers till 21.02.2016 to use the prevailing fishing methods
till they make required adjustments to their nets.
The Hon. Minister informed the Sri Lankan Navy
and the Sri Lanka Coast Guard to take strict actions against the fishers using
the banned fishing nets and they were ordered to confiscate their fishing gears
and fishing boats.
Hon. Minister requested the fisher community
to cooperate with the new procedure which aims the prudent and economical use
of fish resource ensuring the right of the future generation to a prosperous