Source: The New Indian Express
The next four weeks will be crucial for the fishing community in Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka as a moratorium on destructive fishing methods of bottom trawling and double trawling in the Palk Bay between Sri Lanka and India will kick in on Monday. The Indian side agreed to a month-long moratorium as part of a formula to address the contentious issue of bilateral fishing rights. That was the main takeaway of the first round of talks convened on Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa’s initiative between fishermen of Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka during their meeting in Chennai on January 27.
Sharing the outcome of the meeting during her address to the State Assembly on February 3, Jayalalithaa said pair trawling and purse seine fishing will not be done by both sides and those violating it could face action. The next round of talks will be held in Sri Lanka, she added.