13 March, 2017

Source: The New Indian Express
Author: P.K. Balachandran

Colombo: A bill to ban the pernicious practice of bottom trawling, which will affect thousands of Sri Lankans and Indians fishing in the sea between Sri Lanka and India, is to be passed by the Sri Lankan parliament by March end, the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) MP, M.A.Sumanthiran, told Express on Monday.

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10 February, 2014

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.

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23 January, 2014

Source: The New Indian Express

Author: P.K. Balachandran

India has agreed to phase out, within a given time-frame, illegal and destructive methods of fishing like bottom trawling, in the waters between India and Sri Lanka. This will be done while systematically addressing the affected fishermen’s livelihood problems, in active association with Sri Lanka. This was among several decisions taken at a joint meeting of high-level officials of the two countries, a day after the fisheries ministers of India and Sri Lanka — Sharad Pawar and Rajitha Senaratne — met in New Delhi on January 15.

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