Sumanthiran calls for ban on bottom trawling

He said poaching by foreign boats in Sri Lankan waters has had a major impact on Northern fishermen as well as fishermen in other parts of the country. (Colombo Gazette) Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Parliamentarian M A Sumanthiran today urged the Government to ban bottom trawling.He made the request when the issue of Indian fishermen poaching in Sri Lankan waters was discussed in Parliament today. He said that while there are regulations on bottom trawling that will not solve the problem faced by Sri Lankan fishermen. Sumanthiran said that bottom trawling has led to marine resources in South Indian waters being affected and so Indian fishermen are now poaching in Sri Lankan waters.

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