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.
Speaking to media representatives here on Wednesday, Senaratne said that the six-member high-powered panel, comprising three top officials from each country, decided to work out ways of ensuring the livelihood of fishermen of the two countries through sustainable fishing.