India promises to phase out bottom-trawling, points to new initiatives

2 January 2017

Source: The Hindu

Author: Meera Srinivasan

India on Monday assured Sri Lanka that it would phase out bottom trawling in a “graded, time-bound manner”, pointing to upcoming initiatives to train Indian fishermen in alternative fishing methods.

According to a joint press communique released following ministerial-level talks on fisheries held in Colombo, Indian fishermen would participate in a capacity building progamme in Chennai and Kochi, beginning on January 3, that seeks to train them in other, less harmful fishing practices.

Monday's discussion was a follow-up to the high-level talks held in November, and to the Joint Working Group meeting in held last week, both in New Delhi.

Promising to phase out bottom-trawling — a destructive fishing practice posing serious threat to marine ecosystems — within a “practicable time frame”, India also briefed the Sri Lankan side about the construction of a fishing harbour in Ramanathapuram district, home to thousands of bottom-trawlers in Tamil Nadu.

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