Fishermen Submit Their Grievances to Indian Consulate General in
[Updated :: 2011-02-21
Compelling the Indian government to take early actions against Indian
fishermen poaching in Sri Lankan waters, a large crowd of Jaffna
fishermen staged a peaceful protest in front of the Indian Consulate
in Jaffna Monday (21.02.2011) morning.
Nearly one thousands fishermen representing 121 fishing societies
across the peninsula who arrived in Thirunelvely sat in front of
the office of Indian Consulate General holding banners to show their
protest against atrocities of Indian poachers who illegally cross
the Sri Lankan sea boarder. They conducted a peaceful march along
the Jaffna-Plaly main road and reached the Consulate General’s office
to hand over a communiqué requesting for urgent steps to
stop the entry of Indian poachers into Sri Lankan boundary.
People who gathered at the venue expressed their dismay for inability
of the Blue Water Navy and Sri Lankan Navy to arrest Indians who
cross the Indo-Sri Lankan sea boarder in large flotillas. Conducting
awareness programmes for Indian fishermen about international marine
laws and starting an effective joint patrolling system by the Navies
of both countries are among the major demands of local fishermen,
according to sources.
Local fishermen complain that Indian poachers not only exploit their
sea resources but violate international laws and ethics pertaining
fishing. Bottom trawling is the worst among those during which they
harrow the sea bed for more harvest destroying small fishes and
plants and causing grave ecological problems. They allege that Indian
poachers are using nets with smaller gauges and “light cause” which
is prohibited in fishing. Local fishermen are really annoyed about
their fishing nets cut and damaged by Indian poachers. The damage
they have so far caused to fishing gears of Jaffna fishermen is
estimated around Rs. 11.5 million during past few weeks, according
There are about 87000 dependants of 21000 fishing families in Jaffna.