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.
“My private members bill has been converted into a government bill, and has been gazetted. It will now be bought to parliament on March 17 and passed later this month,” Sumanthiran said.
“Out of the nine provinces to which the bill was sent for comments, only the Northern Provincial Council (NPC) sought an amendment saying that time will be given to bottom trawler operators to switch over to another form of fishing and dispose off their boats.